Where can I find historical stock prices?

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Historical stock prices can help investors evaluate whether to invest in a stock or be used to track the movement of stock prices over time. Many statistical services charge for this information, but some services offer it for free.

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Yahoo! Finance

Yahoo! Finance features an archive of historical stock prices back to 1970. The site has historical prices on monthly, weekly and daily bases. It provides the opening, closing and high and low prices for the period specified. After displaying the historical stock information you need, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Download To Spreadsheet," and the data can be brought into a spreadsheet program for analysis. Investors can find other useful information on Yahoo! Finance for evaluating an investment--including daily trading volume, dividends and stock splits.

Google Finance

Google Finance offers weekly or daily prices back to 1978. It does not display dividend information or closing prices adjusted for dividends and splits on the historical prices page. The site does allow you to download information to a spreadsheet.

AOL Money & Finance

AOL Money & Finance's historical prices date to 1987. The data can be viewed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and can be downloaded for spreadsheet use. AOL Finance has a full range of data including the opening price, closing price, volume and high and low prices for each period specified. Dividends and split information is shown at the bottom of the page.

Tax Basis

Investors who want a historical stock price for a single day to compute the cost basis of a stock for tax purposes may find it easier to check the investor-relations page of the company. Intel Corp., for example, has a feature on its website that displays trading volume and the opening, high, low and closing prices of its stock back to 1982. Many other companies offer this.

Mergent

Many services provide historical stock prices for a fee. Investors and researchers may prefer to pay for historical stock prices because the data can be received in a highly customised form. An investment firm that uses quantitative methods of stock selection might want the data received directly into an existing in-house model. Free services do not provide the data in this manner. Mergent offers prices back to 1972 for the S&P 500 and has prices on infrequently traded stocks traded on over the counter. The company also offers historical prices on mutual funds, Canadian stocks and indexes.

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