Before you buy stock in a company, you need to do a little light — or not-so-light — reading. Investing in stock without checking out the company beforehand is a recipe for disaster. So before you plunk down your money, be sure to read the following:

  • The company's annual report

  • The 10K and 10Q reports that the company files with the SEC

  • Standard & Poor's Stock Reports

  • Value Line Investment Survey

  • The Wall Street Journal and/or Investor's Business Daily

  • Reputable stock investing websites