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Sources of Information -- Group 1

TYPE OF INFORMATION PROVIDEDSOURCES OF INFORMATION
Hoover'sValue LineS&P Industry Surveys/S&P NetadvantageS&P Corporation Records/S&P NetadvantageS&P Stock Reports/S&P Netadvantage)S&P Stock GuideMoody's Handbook of Common StocksMoody's Company Data (monthly) CD-ROM
SIC or NAICS       x

Web*

    x x
Officers x x     x   x x
Number of Employees x
(10 yrs) Web**
x     x   x x
Fiscal Year x x x   x   x x
Stock Price Range x
(10 yrs) Web**
x
(5 yrs)
x

(5 yrs)

  x

(10 yrs)

x

(2 yrs)

x
(10 yrs)
x
(10 yrs)
Stock Price Date x
(FY close)

Web**

        x

(End of month)

   
Beta   x     x      
Web Site x x     x   x x
Annual Revenue/Sales x
Sales

(10 yrs)

Web**

x

Sales

(10 yrs)

x

Operating revenue

(7 yrs)

  x
Revenues

(10 yrs)

  x
Revenues

(10 yrs)

x
(as co. states it)

(7 yrs)

Qrty Revs/Sales 5 qtrs

Web**

x

Sales

(2 yrs)

  x     x

Earnings

(3 yrs)

 
Annual Net Income/Profit x

Net income

 (10yrs)

Web**

x

Net profit

(10yrs)

  x x
Net income
  x

Net income

(3 yrs)

 
Historical Financials x

(10 yrs)

Web**

x

(10 yrs)

    x   x  
Assets Web**

(3 or 5 yrs)

x

(Current)

    x   x

(10 yrs)

x
CEO Salary/Compensation x
"pay"
             
Ratios some
(10 yrs)
Net profit margin

(10 yrs)

x

(Some)

(5 yrs)

x

(Some)

(10 yrs)

x
(Some)

(10 yrs)

x

(Few)

(5 yr grow rate)

Profit margin

(10 yrs)

Profit margin
Financial Statements                
Fortune Rank x

Web

             
Ticker/Exchange x x     x   x x
Division Names/Subsidiaries x       Sometimes   x x

(Many)

Competitors x Inferred from 1st page each edition x

(Major companies)

Sources of Information -- Group 2

TYPE OF INFORMATION PROVIDEDSOURCES OF INFORMATION
Mergent OnlineSEC Annual Reports to ShareholdersSEC Proxy Statement
[DEF Form]
SEC 10K (Annual)Ward'sFortune 500
April issue & Fortune.com
Directory of Corporate Affiliations
SIC or NAICS x       x   x
Officers x x x x x CEO only x
Number of Employees x

(4 yrs)

x   x x x x
Fiscal Year x x x x     x
Stock Price Range x

(10 yrs)

x

(2 yrs)

  x

(2 yrs)

  Chart-Web  
Stock Price Date              
Beta              
Web Site x Often   Often   Web x
Annual Revenue/Sales x

(as co. states it)

(10 yrs)

x

(3 yrs)

  x

(3 yrs)

  x x
Qrty Revs/Sales   x

(2 yrs)

  x

(2 yrs)

     
Annual Net Income/Profit   x

(3 yrs)

  x

(3 yrs)

     
Historical Financials              
Assets x

(10 yrs)

x

(2 yrs)

  x

(2 yrs)

    x
CEO Salary/Compensation     x

(Salary + bonus)

(3 yrs)

       
Ratios x

Operating margin

Net profit margin (2 yrs)

x

(Some)

         
Financial Statements   x   x      
Fortune Rank           x

(2 yrs)

 
Ticker/Exchange x x

(Exchange only)

  x

(Exchange only

    x
Division Names/Subsidiaries x
(Many)
x         x
Competitors x

(In SIC ranking volume)

Sources of Information

Group 1:

Hoover's

Value Line Investment Survey -- Reference HG 4501 .V26 (Current); Reference Microfiche HG 4501 .V26 (1969+); Online

S&P Industry Surveys -- Reference HC 101 .S7 (1981-2007); Online

S&P Corporation Records

S&P Stock Reports -- Reference HG 4501 .S7665 (Current); General Collection HG 4501 .S7665 (2005+)

S&P Stock Guide -- Reference HG 4905 .S437 (Current month; Year-end prices 1981-1995, 1998-2000, 2002)

Moody's/Mergent's Handbook of Common Stocks -- Reference HG 4905 .M815 (1982+)

Moody's Company Data (monthly) CD-ROM


Group 2:

Mergent Online online

SEC Annual Report to Shareholders

SEC Proxy Statement (DEF Form)

SEC 10K (Annual)

Ward's Business Directory of U.S. Private & Public Companies -- Reference HG 4057 .A3 W375

Fortune 500 April Issue

Directory of Corporate Affiliations/LexisNexis Corporate Affiliations -- Reference HG 4057 .A217