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Is it a public company?
A public or publicly-held company
is one that has shares outstanding that are available to be bought
and sold by individual investors from the public. Selling of these
securities is done via trading on the U.S. stock exchanges which identify
a security for trading purposes based on a unique letter ID called
a ticker symbol.
"Going public" carries several burdens for a company
that was previously operating privately, the most important of which
is the burden of disclosure of information.Luckily
for researchers, this requirement to file detailed reports of the company
with the Securities Exchange Comission
(SEC) results in the availability of much data to the general public.
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