Frequently Asked Questions

How do I evaluate the financial health of a company?

Answer:

ValueLine is a selective rating service for investors that tracks both large and mid-sized public companies including the best performing companies in over 100 industry categories.
http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/13244

Investext Plus contains security analyst reports from brokerage firms that make projections about the profitability of public companies.
http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2822

Standard and Poors rates companies in the Stock Reports which can be found in the NetAdvantage database:
http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/14372

Free information about public companies is available from Yahoo Finance. The library subscribes to other financial information services that include major financial ratios.

Orbis is a financial database for 43 million private and public companies worldwide.
http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/orbis

Mergents Online will include fianancial information and past annual reports.
http://www.lib.umn.edu/get/2288

The library guide Company Information and Annual Reports lists more sources that evaluate the financial condition of public companies.
http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/page.phtml?page_id=1247

 

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