What is Compustat
Compustat is a comprehensive database of fundamental financial and market information on both active and inactive global companies, indices and industries produced by Standard & Poor's since 1962. The type of information published by Compustat includes Global Industry Classification Standards (GICS), pricing data, earnings data, insider and institutional holdings and other information directed at investors and analysts.
BREAKING DOWN Compustat
Compustat is a leading source of market intelligence and company data. The service compiles raw financial reports filed by every public company, annually and quarterly. This includes current income, expenses, assets and liabilities, and past reports of the same data to facilitate trend analysis. Stock price history is also available. The database is used by institutional investors, universities, portfolio managers and analysts. In addition to publicly available information, Compustat includes datasets proprietary to Standard & Poor's, including stock reports and credit ratings issued by the firm.