The best stock reports are those that contain original, signed narrative analysis and quantitative predictions to go along with the historical financial information. UST has two main resources for this content, Standard & Poor's and ValueLine, and a third resource for slightly outdated primary analysis, OneSource Global Business Browser. Note that a company will list the many of the analysts that cover them on the company's website.
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The single most important set of information on public companies: financial statements help make transparent to investors the current health of a business, and the periodic filings required by the SEC supplement those statements with narrative disclosures of relevant information by company management that help put the raw numbers into perspective.
Conference calls are substantive conversations between company's upper management and investment banking analysts covering topics including:
These are recorded and transcribed, and made available from various sources, including company web sites. Companies don't always keep a backfile of these on their websites, so Factiva can be a good alternative.
EDGAR is the Securities & Exchange Commission's (SEC) public website for finding and retrieving required periodic company information filings.
Researchers are often interested in knowing what proportion of a company's stock is held by insiders, large investors, and institutions. Here are some good sources for current information.