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before you start

When the company you are researching is public, get the ticker symbol before you search. It will save you typing and avoid confusion among companies with similar (or identical) names.

The ticker symbol for Boston Beer, used as an example in this guide, is SAM.

Where to find the ticker symbol and exchange:

-  Company web site

Also: identify execs, auditors

-  Quicken

-  You can also pick up ticker symbols when you search company related subscription databases:

  • ABI Inform Complete (ProQuest)  
    Key business titles including important full‐text journals and titles from the business press as well as key trade publications, dissertations, conference proceedings, and market reports
  • LexisNexis Academic  
    Business, company, executives, news, and legal information
  • Mergent Online  
    U.S. & international company data, global company financials, D&B private company database, annual reports, executive profiles, Mergent Equity Research Reports, industry reports, global equity pricing data

what is a ticker symbol?

ticker symbol or stock symbol is a short abbreviation used to uniquely identify publicly traded shares of a particular stock on a particular stock market. A stock symbol may consist of letters, numbers or a combination of both. ~ Wikipedia


    NAICS/SIC codes (beer industry: NAICS-312120 Breweries; SIC-2082 Malt beverages)

    Also get the NAICS and/or SIC codes for the industry that your company falls under before you start your research. The codes are useful when comparing a company to the rest of the industry. Most of the databases covered in this guide will have NAICS and/or SIC codes for your company.

    SIC vs. NAICS PowerPoint Introduction


    • Identical to NAICS 2002 for thirteen of twenty sectors. Part of information sector was restructured. Industry changes affect the boundaries of three sectors.NAICS 2007
    • Identical to NAICS 1997 for fourteen of twenty sectors. Construction & wholesale trade substantially changed, but revisions also modify some retail classifications & organization of  information sector. Minor boundary adjustments affect administrative & support services & mining.NAICS 2002
    • Correspondence Tables for SIC 1987 & NAICS 1997 .

    Definitions/Descriptions for Codes


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      Boston Beer simulation

      • Business & Co Resource Center Simulation
        Simulation of research available as part of completing an assignment for a competitive strategy course, requiring the student to analyze a strategic decision of an organization or analyze the competitive landscape, in this case the beer industry.

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