Whether your assignment is to
investigate a company (is it a public or private company)
investigate an industry
compare one company to another
compare a company to an industry
you will need access to various types of information about the company or industry you are investigating. These include
Financial Data: income and expense - ratios - balance sheets; etc., (source: 10ks and annual reports).
Non-financial information: officers' biographies - company histories - competitors - subsidiaries - marketing information
Industry Information: strengths and weaknesses - codes - ratios
Miscellaneous Information: import and export information for additional information about opportunites and threats facing a company or industry,
News Reports: from magazines, journals, newswires and newspapers about a company or industry.
each of these elements provides information vital for you to complete your assignment about companies and or industries.