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"The mission of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) is to administer and enforce the federal securities laws in order to protect investors and to maintain fair, honest and efficient markets."- SEC.gov
The EDGAR database allows users to search for all forms that public corporations may be required to submit.
A complete list of forms can be found from on the SEC's website or on Wikipedia.
This tutorial will focus on finding the following reports:
Note: If you just enter "Stryker" you will have about a dozen different options to choose from.
The search should direct you to the company page for Stryker Corp.
On this page you should see the following:
At the top of the page under STRYKER CORP, locate the SIC number
What is the SIC code listed for Stryker Corporation?
Navigate back to the Search page by clicking Company Search at the top of the page.
How many results do you get when you search for Goodrich Corporation by Company Name?
One of the most effective ways to search is by the company's ticker symbol or CIK.
Let's see what happens when you try searching for the Goodrich Corporation by ticker symbol or CIK instead of by company name.
Using the information on the page for Goodrich Corporation, answer the following question.
What city is Goodrich Corporation's headquarters located in according to the SEC?
How do you read an annual or quarterly report?
Open the 'Financial Statements' option and then select 'Consolidated Balance Sheets.'
Did the cash or cash equivalents increase in 2017 compared to 2016?
As of April, 2017, what were the accounts receivable?
Now we will try some of the advance searching features. To begin, return to the search page and search by the ticker symbol - SR.
What is the name of the company with the ticker, 'SR'?
We will Search for 8-k reports (what is an 8-K report?) prior to January 1, 2010.
What does is the focus of the 8-k from October 5, 2009 report to the SEC?
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