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Industry Research

Tips for finding industry analysis, industry financial ratios, market research, industry news for industry research.

Company Perspectives About the Industry in 10-K Reports

Use the 10-K filings (often called annual reports) of public companies within the industry.  For example:

  • Look at the Business Summary and Risk Factors (Item 1 and 1A), which is where the company will describe industry challenges
  • Item 7, Management’s Discussion and Analysis, also gives the company's perspective on its business results and how it is doing within the industry.

10-Ks can be found in D&B Hoover' or via the SEC website linked below. 

  • EDGAR Company Filings

Company Perspectives in Earnings Conference Calls

Quarterly earnings conference calls are recorded as print transcripts, and can be found in Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis-Nexis Academic). The reports can be an effective way of understanding some of the company's strategies or how they are dealing with industry pressures and competition.


Find Earnings Call Transcripts in NexisUni

Use NexisUni  (link above) as described and shown below to find earnings conference call transcripts.

  1. Click "A publication"  in  "What are you interested in?".
  2. Enter your public company name in the search box
  3. Type" Disclosure" in the Find Publication box and select "FD (Fair Disclosure) Newswire."
  4. Click "Search"

Details on how to find earnings conference calls as written above


Like a post-game press conference with a coach talking about the successes and failures of his team, public companies also discuss their successes, earnings, initiatives, and failures with analysts. These quarterly earnings conference calls are recorded as print transcripts, and can be found in Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis-Nexis Academic). The reports can be an effective way of understanding some of the company's strategies. This video shows you how to find the reports.