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Urban Planning 237A: Sectoral Analysis

This guide was developed based on Professor Wolff's work for his UP 237A graduate course. Sectoral analysis provides a foundation in methodology as well as salient issues in the field of urban planning.

Sources for Financial Information

Much financial information can be found in the sources listed on other pages (Companies and Industry). Government information such as SEC filings is another key source. See below for links and other resources. 

Mergent Online - UCLA Source for Public Company Financials

Securities and Exchanges Commission: EDGAR

"All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free."

Financial Situation

  • profitability
  • ownership
  • assets/liabilities [f]
  • indebtedness [f]
  • sources of capital (how is company financed?) [f]
  • reinvestment [f]
  • financial pressures (stockholders, parent firm, labor union, regs, trade, inputs) [f]
  • own vs. lease site (-s) [f]
  • stability [f]

[f] = individual firm or company