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Company Research: Public Companies

  Ticker Symbols

Ticker symbols are letters used to uniquely identify a public company and can be used to make company research more effiicient. One of the quickest way to find a ticker symbol is to use a free website like:

Public Companies

Financial Information

Public or Private?

Before you start your company research, find out if the company is public or private.

Public Companies:

  • Sell shares to the general public to raise capital
  • Regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Required to disclose financial information
  • Listed on one of the stock exchanges and has a ticker symbol

Private Companies:

  • May be owned by founders, employees, and large investors
  • No disclosure of information required