Answered By: Joan Wee
Last Updated: Oct 23, 2017     Views: 623

Financial ratios and industry averages are useful for comparing a company with its industry for benchmarking purposes. Some of the most common are:

  • Current ratio - current assets divided by current liabilities. It indicates how well a company is able to pay its current expenses.
  • Quick ratio - current assets minus inventory, divided by current liabilities.
  • P/E (price to earnings) ratio - price per share divided by the earnings per share. Generally, the higher the ratio, the riskier the stock.

FACTIVA

  1. Select Companies/Markets > Company from the Top Menu
  2. Type in Company name or ticker symbol
  3. Select the Company name to view the Company Snapshot
    The company snapshot page provides a quick overview of the stock price activity, financial performance, list of executives, latest news, etc.
  4. From the left column, select Financial Results for the latest 5 years submitted financial reports of the company.
  5. From the left column, select Peer Comparison to compare the company with other companies of similar standing in the industry. Factiva allows comparison for 5-100 companies.
  6. From the left column, select Reports > Ratio Comparison Report for company, industry, sector and S&P 500 ratios. It looks at valuation ratios, profitability ratios, dividend yields, Growth rates and Returns.
  7. Please note NOT all company snapshot page has detailed financial results, especially if the company you are looking at is UNLISTED.

YAHOO FINANCE

  1. Type in the company name to search for the latest financial reports, stock pricing etc.
  2. To view companies by industry, select industries, then select the sector. To narrow by industry, expand Applied Filters for Stock Screener.

BLOOMBERG

  1. Bloomberg terminals are available in Applied Business Simulation (ABS) Laboratory @ SIT Dover campus. Check with your Faculty in you need to use Bloomberg for your assignment.
  2. Below are resources to help you get started with using Bloomberg

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