Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ’s NetAdvantageis a comprehensive source of business and investment information, offering access to research products such as company profiles, industry reports, stock screening tools, and a financial literacy section for the economically naive.
Of the more than 10,000 company profiles, you may find individual company snapshots, compare financial growth, stock statistics, and industry outlooks. S&P features 8000+ stock reports and exceeds 25,000 mutual and ETF reports. You can check a company’s profitability, look deeply into performance details and view trading history. The “S&P Stars” section rates stock on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, and has a listing of high yield stocks.
The industry module makes for good reading for investors, job seekers, and the curious. S&P publishes over 50 different industry evaluations and numerous subindustry reports. These include advertising, homebuilding, movies, transportation, retailing, and entertainment. For investors, these reports have an obvious usefulness, and for job seekers there’s insight to be gained to show knowledge in a field. For the curious, these reports can be a snooze or involving depending on your interest. For example, for the third year in a row, beer shipments have dropped, and companies are buying each other up. The one bright spot is the craft beer market. As someone who likes to eat out often, I’ve noticed the explosion of small label beers over the past year, and I learned from the industry report that the craft beer industry grew by 12% and sales by 14% in the first half of 2012. There are also over 2,000 microbreweries in the U.S. So next time I’m out with friends I have fun facts learned through NetAdvantage.
The financial literacy section is an eye opener as well. Lately their focus has been on planning for your child’s future and teaching your children – from pre-school through college – the value of money. There is also a blog for women including topics like spousal IRAs and “A Woman’s Guide to Bond Laddering.” Topic change frequently so check back often!