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Secondary Research Resources for IBC: Industry/Company Research

Suggested resources for IBC research teams

Industry Research

First Research 

-Chapters: Industry overview, recent developments (news), business challenges (issues), trends & opportunites, executive insight (departmental issues), call prep questions, financial information, industry forecast & ratings, and web links & acronyms. (Information found under "Industries" tab)

-Special Feature: 1) "Call Prep Questions" (Interview Qs), 2) "Call Prep Sheet" (interview cheatsheet)


-Table of Contents: Industry Definition, Industry at a Glance, Industry Performance, Industry Oulook, Industry Life Cycle, Products & Markets, Competitive Landscape, Major Companies, Operating Conditions, Key Statistics, & Jargon & Glossary.

-Special Features: 1)  Lots of graphs and charts, 2)  Word/PDF format

ISI Emerging Markets

-Description: Industry information about more than 80 emerging markets. Includes full-text news articles, financial statements, company information, industry analyses, equity quotes, macroeconomic statistics, and market-specific information

-Special features: 1) Available in PDF and 2) Information about other countries are offered in different languages.

Technology Market Analysts

Mergent Online

To find company reports, use the "company search" window on the left side of the home page. You can limit your search to companies in a specific country. Make sure the "International Company Database" box on the left side is checked. Then, click on the "Country" drop-down menu on the right side, select the name, and click search.

Once you have found a company and reached its "company details" page; click the "filings" tab. You will see a table containing details of the company's recent filings. The icons in the "view documents" tab will provide you with various formats for viewing the filings.

 If the filing you are looking for is more than 90 days old; you will need to use the EDGAR search function. In the "company search" section; select the Government Filings tab near the top of the page and enter a company name or ticker symbol. 

In the "filing date search" section; specify a time frame for your search. Finally; in the "filing type" section; specify what type of filings you are interested in. (Again; Form 10-K is the government-required annual report for publicly-traded companies.)

Mergent Online also has financial ratios. Chad Boenniger at Ohio State has a good video describing how to search the database for individual companies or creating reports which compare ratios of company peers within industries for checking your work when making ratio calculations.  


D&B Business Browser

For industry information, use the search box under "industries".

You can change the search preference by geography, such as AsiaPac. Click edit within Global Preferences tab. This will help narrow down the items when looking for companies, reports, or industry information in China.


Users can search by Company name or keyword in the top search bar.

Under advanced search options, found by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the left hand side, you can search by term, geography, keyword, revenue, ownership, and more.