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Company Information

This guide covers important company information and analysis resources.

Company Websites

Company websites provide detailed information about their products and services, organizational structure, and strategies. Public company websites typically have a section for investors that may include press releases, articles about the company, SEC filings and annual reports to shareholders, stock information, pointers to investment reports done by securities firms, quarterly conference call audio files, and the text of speeches by executives. This type of information is often in sections called something like "Investor Relations" or "About Us."

Company web site addresses (URLs) can sometimes be guessed by inserting the company name or an abbreviation for the company name into this structure: www._______.com. For example, Sprint's address is http://www.sprint.com and United Parcel Service of America's address is http://www.ups.com.

Company directories usually include the corporate URL.

Social Media From and About Companies

Social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram may provide useful company information in addition to that found in sources such as books and journal articles.

Companies may reveal significant information about themselves through their own social media sites, such as strategies, product and brand marketing approaches, and internal company operations.

Social media postings about companies, written by customers, suppliers, distributors, competitors, journalists, academics, detractors, and others, also contain significant information or pointers to significant information.

Individual social media tools can be searched for specific companies and brands; tools such as socialmention can be used to search multiple social media sites.