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I've looked at several sources including Bloomberg, Zacks and Cap IQ. Many times, they don't update their data with the revisions. I'm looking for Income Statement and Balance Sheet data going back to 1994. Who has the best data?

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If you really want accuracy, the answer is the SEC.

Otherwise, you'll have to expect some inaccuracies. Bloomberg I would probably rank highest of the ones listed, but this is more qualitative than quantitative, as I know of no studies that suggest it to be most accurate.

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S&P Compustat is the standard for most academic research.

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I believe, that Bloomberg and Factset provide the most consistent data set out there. However, their solutions are quite pricey (unless you already have access). A friend of mine is working on a similar solution, which is offered for free. Check it out under www.simfin.com

Update 30.07.17: So he has just updated the site and now standardized company statements for over 2000 US equities and financial ratios are available (all based on SEC data with free download). If you are looking for a bulk data download feel free to reach out to him.

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  • $\begingroup$ Update 27.12.2017: The team has also now added additional features to ensure transparency: 1. Detailed calculations for each of the pre-calculated ratios and variables and they have added the Piotroski F-Score to their ratios 2. Data definitions in the new data dictionary 3. Updated help section with simple explanations on how to navigate SimFin $\endgroup$ – MRC89 Dec 27 '17 at 14:15

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