Selecting a Company
Locating the Annual Report
Examining Financial Position
"A published ranking, based on detailed financial
analysis of corporate/organizational financial history, specifically as
it relates to the ability to meet debt obligations. The highest rating
is usually AAA, and the lowest is D."
Morningstar's data reports cover more than 20,000 securities with
historical data back to 1996. Off-campus, sign in using your Gull
Card barcode and last name.
Under 'Reports', enter a company's ticker or name and click on 'Go'.
The left hand side menu provides several
excellent options such as ratios, valuation ratios, and a
On the bottom of your company's page is a link to
detailed financial information and a professional analyst review of
- Remember to click on 'End Session' at the top right to exit program.
Morningstar is an suburb source for ratios.
Standard & Poor's
Research Insight Database
Access in the labs or in the library on campus
To run a Company Highlights
Report which will include S&P Credit Ratings:
Click on the Company Highlights Report button (4th button on the
When the run assistant box appears, type in the ticker symbol of the
company in the 'Companies' text box & click on the 'OK' button at
S&P ratings will be listed on the left in the center of the report.
To locate explanations for the ratings, use the pull-down menu
under 'Help' at the top of the screen and choose 'Data and
Reference'. When the indexes appear, click on the 'Find' tab
and enter the term 'rating'. When the results list appears,
choose 'Short-term Issuer Credit Rating' and 'Long-term Issuer
Note: 1-3 ratings are assigned per company.
Click on the link to 'The ValueLine Investment Survey Online -
On the left toolbar, click on the link to 'Lookup Company'.
Type in your company name or ticker symbol.
Want to learn more regarding how to read and
interpret the reports? See 'How
to Use the Value Line Investment Survey Page.'
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Click on the 'Company' icon from the main screen.
Enter the company name or ticker symbol, choose 'ultimate parent',
and click the 'search' button at the bottom of the screen.
At the top of the screen are various tabs to company information.
Feel free to explore all tabs in addition to the Rankings
tab. The Financials tab will provide ratios.