In today's tumultuous market environment, it is more important than ever to know as much as possible about a company's stock prior to investing. The history of a particular stock can provide potential investors with an overview of past performance, leading up to current activity. To review a stock's price during recessions, times of prosperity or during corporate upheavals, historical data is available via a few clicks on the keyboard.
Here's how to use Yahoo Finance, which offers a simple, effective, no-cost way to look up historical stock prices:
- Go to finance.yahoo.com/. In the box adjacent to "Get Quote," enter the stock symbol or the name of the company you would like to research. If you do not know the symbol for the stock you are investigating, start entering the name of the company. The search engine will start to suggest auto-complete information, generating in alphabetical order the names, symbols, as well as the exchange in which companies are traded. Once you have entered the name or symbol, you will see an overview of the stock's performance today.
- In the left-hand column of the page, see the "Quotes" section, and click on "Historical Prices." Yahoo automatically sets the start date with the earliest date for which information is available for your stock.
- Enter the interval of time you wish to investigate in the "Set Date Range" boxes. You may enter time periods over years, months, weeks, or you can even examine activity for any given day. You may also specify a dividends-only overview. Once you have entered your defined time period, you will be able to view historical price data in these categories: open, high, low, as well as Adjusted Close (price adjusted for splits and dividends). You will also receive volume statistics for your defined time period.
If you are researching historical stock prices over a long period of time, be sure to click on the links at the bottom of the page for "Next" and "Last" pages." As an added convenience, Yahoo also offers the opportunity for you to save your data to a spreadsheet.