Public companies are those that sell stock to the general public, and trade that stock on a stock exchange or over-the-counter market. The U.S. government requires publicly traded companies to file financial statements and annual 10-K reports to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).
There are a number of filings the SEC requires but there are a few that are going to be the most helpful to those looking for what the company does:
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