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Company Research Basics

Tips for finding public and private company information, histories, financials, stock reports, and news.

Private companies can be especially challenging to research for a number of reasons.

  • Since private companies in the U.S. do not have to report earnings to the Securities and Exchange Commission as public companies do, we do not have the same amount of financial information (if any at all) to analyze.  
  • Private companies often fly under the radar and are not covered by news, media, or analysts.

Nevertheless, below you'll find the best tools for finding available private company informaiton. 

Tools for Private Company Information

  • Search by company name to find estimated sales, year of founding, industry, address, owner contact information, and more. 
  • Use the Advanced Search to find private companies in particular locations or industries. 
  • Search by company name to find estimated sales, company news, and other available information.
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