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Subject:  Re: most accurate financial statistics on stocks Date:  4/19/2012  1:08 PM
Author:  numbrel Number:  3874 of 3913

Something that might make the info on the SEC's Edgar easier to handle, is to use the blue "Interactive Data" button for the 10K and 10Q filings. This will bring up the SEC viewer which will show the financial info in tables. You can also download all the tables into Excel.

If you want something that will show you key metrics, you can try http://www.calcbench.com/ This is a customized version of the SEC Viewer (which is open source and available to anyone who has a LAMP server). Just put in the ticker and it will bring up the most recent filing. You can change it to previous quarter/years. They have current ratio, various margins, and other things. And again, you can download the tables into Excel.

If you want to get technical and learn about XBRL, the computer format the SEC requires for quarterly and yearly filings, you can go to the XBRL board: http://boards.fool.com/xbrl-analysis-120050.aspx?mid=2915295...

Unfortunately, XBRL has proven to be more complex in usage than was presented to the SEC when they were considering requiring that corporations use it for financial reports.
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