A good place to start for company information is the company's own website. These can be either:
Be sure to use the Corporate site rather than the Brand, or consumer, site. For example, Walmart.com is the consumer site, and WalmartStores.com is the Corporate site. A couple of Web sites to find appropriate corporate Web sites are Yahoo Finance and Google Finance. When looking for investor information, you may need to use a website's "Site Map" to find the Corporate information.
The "industry code" is a numeric method of classifying/identifying companies by their main line of business for the purpose of monitoring industry performance. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) is a 4-digit code in use until the signing of the NAFTA treaty. In 1997 a 6-digit system known as the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) replaced the SIC code. Canada and Mexico are included in NAICS system.
Why is this important?
Where can I find an industry code?
There are a variety of resources to use to locate an industry code for a specific industry. The resources listed are good starting places.
Ticker symbols are short abbreviations representing publicly traded shares of a particular traded stock on a particular stock market. An easy place to find a ticker symbol is by searching Business Insights by company name. On the company profile, the ticker symbol is located in the upper left-hand corner of the company profile.