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Researching a company and how well that company is performing has three basic components:
There are a few specific resources that will assist you in getting a basic overview of your company and some preliminary information about its competitors. This is typically not really in depth reporting, but does allow you to get your bearings about the company you are researching.
[Report Name ( [ Version, if applicable] ) for [ Company Name(s) ], [ Data File ], Standard and Poor's.
Retrieved [ Month Day, Year ], from the COMPUSTAT (North America) [ Month/Day/Year ] database.
Annual Cash Flow Statement for Union Pacific Corp. [ Data File ], Standard & Poor's.
Retrieved March 8, 2010, from the COMPUSTAT (North America) 2/18/12 database.
Balance Sheet (5 years with Footnotes & Descs) for International Business Machines Corp, [ Data File ], Standard & Poor's.
Retrieved January 8, 2009, from the COMPUSTAT (North America) 12/28/11 database.
Comparative Common Size Annual Income Statement (Current Period) for Wal-Mart, K-Mart Corp, and Target Corp, [ Data File ], Standard & Poor's.
Retrieved March 6, 2010, from the COMPUSTAT (North America) 2/28/12 database.