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Each financial ratio benchmark in RMA Anniual Studies has three points (Median Upper, Median, Median Lower) that divide an array of values into four equal groups called quartiles. So if a company’s value is equal or above the median upper, then it falls into the upper quartile. If it falls between the median upper and the median, then the company ranks in the upper middle quartile. This helps you analyze how a company compares to others of similar size.
||Types of info to be found
|RMA Ann. Statement Studies
||Financial ratios (NAICS)
|D&B industry Norms
||Financial ratios (SIC)
||Information and advice on stocks, industries, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities.
||Analysis on stocks and funds. Reports include 5-year stock price history, ratios, SEC filings, ownership information, written analysis, key ratios, financial reports (10-K & 10-Q)
||Articles from trade journals & newspapers, industry reports from BMI and Dun & Bradstreet, selected annual reports.
|Business Source Complete
||Articles from trade journals & newspapers, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses.
|Business Insights: Essential
||Company overview, articles, SWOT analysis, analyst reports.
||Analyst reports (Zack’s Equity Research), articles, company lists
||Financial Reports for Public Companies (10-K, Balance sheets. Income statements, Cash flow statements)
||Public company information (and some limited private company info) includes news, financials back a couple of years, key stats, discussion, and links to blogs.