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Using BLOOMBERG for Company Research

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Bloomberg offers:

  • close-to-real-time and historical public company, industry, market and economic data;
  • charting and portfolio management applications;
  • real-time news from hundreds of sources, including Bloomberg's own newswire service, and
  • intelligence and market research licensed from hundreds of third-party suppliers.

Bloomberg is normally only available in the FLC on our three terminals. To request an account, please contact


To access Company research in Bloomberg, type the company's name or ticker symbol in the top search box (look for the blinking blue cursor) to locate your company.  Bloomberg will auto-suggest matches as you type.  Almost all companies will be listed under 'Securities'. 

Use the menu to drill down to various kinds of information about a company.  These may include:

  • DE: Descriptive company information
    • Click on the 'More...' at the end of the brief description to link to the full Hoover's profile
  • CN: News about the company
    • Use the yellow search-box to search for stories referencing a specific keyword
    • Use the filters above the headlines - 'Sources', 'All Dates', 'Language', 'Time' - to filter your search results
  • FA: Statement and ratio data, together with specialized ESG (environmental, social and governance) data
  • BRC:  Investment research reports that can be downloaded as PDFs
  • BICO: in-depth company profiles available from Bloomberg's Business Intelligence analysts
    • Only large companies are covered by BI

Using FACTSET for Company Research


FactSet is a database that offers:

  • close-to-real-time and historical public company, industry, market and economic data;
  • charting and portfolio management applications; and
  • private company and venture capital investment information.

FactSet is available in two versions:

  • FactSet Web can be accessed online.  For most students, this version will meet their needs
  • FactSet Workstation is similar to FactSet Web but must be downloaded onto your laptop.  It is only compatible with PCs.  Unlike FactSet Web, it includes an Excel plug-in with templates that can be used to streamline analysis and modelling.

Both versions require a FREE account. 

To request a FactSet Web version, please complete this form.

To request an FactSet Workstation account, please email with the following information:

  • Your first and last name
  • You University email address (e.g.
  • Your expected date of graduation
  • Your program name


When you have logged into FactSet, you will see a menu at the top of the screen that looks like this:



Click on the 'Company/Security' tab and enter the name of the company you are researching in the search box on the left.  FactSet will auto-suggest matches for your company name.


The left-hand vertical menu links to different kinds of information about a company.  This information includes:

  • Descriptive information, e.g. profile, history, structure, supply chain relationships, key executives
  • Price and securities information - current and historical
  • Financials - current and historical
  • Securities filings (if the company is publicly-traded) and investor presentations
  • Transactions, e.g. M&A, private or venture capital investments
  • Governance information

Other Databases for Company Research

These databases are licensed by the library and require a UTORid for access.

Use these databases to find:

  • company profiles
  • news about a company
  • investment research reports about a company
  • information about company brands or market share (consumer-facing sectors only)