There are two major systems used to classify the industries of a company, the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). These are useful for identifying companies within a given industry and for researching specific industries.
Value Line Investment Survey - Standard Edition
To access an industry profile, in the Browse Research tab (default), enter a public company within your industry in the top right box and click Quote. In the resulting page, click on the PDF icon under the heading Industry Analysis. Note: Three concurrent users only.
Pew Research Center
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Hoover's Company Records "Featuring profiles of more than 40,000 companies, 600 industries, and 225,000 key executives, Hoover's Company Records provides easy access to the most thorough and up-to-date business information available."
Search Tip: In the Get Company Info textbox at the top right, enter the company name or ticker symbol and click Go. Click on the Competitors link in the left menu bar under the Snapshot heading. You could also scroll to the bottom of the Snapshot page and see which companies are listed in the Key Competitors box.
Additionally, explore companies by industry by clicking on the hyperlinked industries under Industry Classification in the Snapshot Overview.
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Enter the Company Ticker or Name in search box and select your company from the drop down menu. Under the Quote tab, which is the default, Competitors is located on the right side of the page. Additionally, you my select Industry Peers in the menu bar directly under the Quote tab.
Search Tip: Search by Primary SIC or NAICS code in the Classification search option. There is also a code lookup option. Public companies that meet the industry classification will be listed.
Consumer Price Index
"The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services." United States Department of Labor
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