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Industry & Market Research: Companies

Identifying Companies

To identify companies operating within an industry, search company directories available online or in print through the library or free on the Internet.Directories typically contain contact information, such as the address, telephone number, and key executives or personnel. Some directories may offer minimal financial and profile information, as well. Most can be searched by industry and some are organized by industry codes.

Find resources for identifying and researching companies in our company guides:
Company Research Guide: Resources for researching a company and additional directories for identifying companies within an industry or location.

Annual Reports & Company Filings

Publicly traded companies are required to make certain kinds of information public.The annual report communicates corporate and financial activities to shareholders. If a company is public, you can usually find its most recent annual reports and financial information on its website's Investor Relations section. Or, use the sources below to find annual reports and filings.

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Additional filings, filed with government regulatory bodies, such as Canada's Annual Information Form (AIF) and the U.S.'s 10-K,often disclose even more information about a company's industry, risks, strategy, and future direction. If a company is public, you can usually find its most recent annual reports and financial information on its website's Investor Relations section. Or, use the sources below to find annual reports and filings.

Directories

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Patents