The Web offers investors a rich trove of information. But it has little value in today's fast-paced business environment if you can't quickly find the nuggets you need. That's why BusinessWeek is launching the Company Insight Center on BusinessWeek.com.
The CIC, or Companies Channel, combines our resources with those of Standard & Poor's (MHP) Capital IQ division (like BusinessWeek, a unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP)) to pull together up to 33 pages of data, charts, profiles, and news stories on each of 42,000 public companies in the U.S. and abroad. The result: an unparalleled array of corporate data.
CIC offers easy navigation to get you from, say, stock price charts that you can customize; to earnings reports and estimates; to profiles of chief executives and board members; to a history of their stock trades. Also available are reports on some 320,000 private companies, though since they're private, the data are more limited.
Want to know what boards—public, private, and nonprofit—those execs and directors sit on? The People page in the Companies Channel can show you that. As you click on each board member, you can see the other members of the board and their affiliations. Click on any of those directors, and you see their other boards and who else sits on them, and so on. You won't find this feature, a proprietary service from Capital IQ, anywhere else on the Web without paying a hefty fee.
There are several ways to get to the CIC pages. From the BusinessWeek.com home page, click on the Companies tab on the navigation bar. You'll also find a stock quote search box on all pages that will take you to the Snapshot page for whatever company you type in. In addition, all ticker symbols and mentions of companies in BusinessWeek.com stories will link to that company's Snapshot, which is a compendium of market-related data, company news, and biographical and compensation info on top executives. Similarly, executives' names in online stories will link to their CIC profiles.
Some features of the pages are cited below. Just click on the links to take a closer look.
AAPL It's on every page in the Company Insight Center. Here you find some quick vital statistics on the company and a convenient entry point for more detailed data. The white background tab shows you what page you're viewing. Click on the graybacked tabs to jump to other sections.
AAPL The left-hand column displays stories from BusinessWeek. Items from other sources, such as the Associated Press and Standard & Poor's, are on the right. Click on the link at the bottom of either column to view more news.
AAPL Many companies' shares trade all over the world. This link opens up a box that allows you to track the shares on non-U.S. exchanges, priced in local currencies.
AAPL BusinessWeek has many franchise rankings, including the BusinessWeek 50, the InfoTech 100, and the Innovation 25. If a company has earned a spot on one of those lists, it will be indicated in this space along with the list's logo.
Background Admittedly, Steve Jobs is familiar. But most of the other 1,040,000 executives in the CIC aren't, so look here for a biographical sketch. A link at the bottom of the paragraph will open up the rest. Farther down, you can get educational background and other corporate, private, and nonprofit affiliations.
Compensation Executive comp is one of the hottest topics in business today, and here's the place to find what the CEO is making. The information on the Earnings and Financial pages will help you decide whether the occupant of the corner office is worth it.
Connections The number next to the name indicates the contacts he or she has through memberships on other boards. Click "See Board Relationships" and you can see the other people who serve alongside the CEO. Click on any of his or her co-board members to view their affiliations, and so on.
Competitor Compensation Another reality check on the chief's compensation is how much top guns at competitor companies are making. Here you will find the paycheck figures for five of them.
Time Periods The default stock price and volume chart is three months, but you can change the time periods from one day to 10 years. If none of those quite fit, click on Custom. Two calendars will open, and you can pick the start and end points.
Comparison How has Apple compared to, say, Microsoft? Use the Compare drop-down menu to select other stocks or market indexes, and they'll be plotted on the chart.
Events Click on this drop-down menu and you can mark stock splits, dividends, earnings reports, or even BusinessWeek stories to see how they affected trading. The Transactions feature shows mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.
Investment This chart shows the return on $10,000 over the last five years. For Apple shareholders, it's been sweet. A drop-down menu lets you make comparisons to various indexes.
Competitors Scroll down to see the returns of some competitors. Even with others' respectable performances, Apple leaves them all in the dust. Click on either link to get to their Snapshot pages.
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