Individual Stocks

Selecting Individual Stocks

What kinds of information can I find by using the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website?

The SEC website makes available to the public all information concerning publicly traded companies’ filings that are required by law. This library of business information may provide the details necessary to make informed decisions regarding purchasing or selling stocks in publicly traded companies. It includes such information sources as the EDGAR Company Database (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System), and publishes all corporate filings and forms necessary for publicly traded companies, as well as earnings reports, annual reports, and IPO forms. The site also includes tutorials and information for individual investors, including tips and information regarding stockbrokers and firms to see if they are properly licensed, or have complaints or actions against them.


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