Getting stock prices is important for investors. You can get real-time prices or browse day-old prices in your newspaper. Getting a real-time stock price can mean losing or making money for a day trader. With an online brokerage account, you can get real-time share prices for free if you download the software the brokerage company provides. However, there are other ways to get prices, as well as historical price data, charts and other figures, to evaluate the performance of your shares.
Turn to the business section of a newspaper. The last pages of the section contain share prices for some of the largest stocks traded on major U.S. exchanges. The prices are from the previous day.
Navigate to any major financial website, such as Google Finance, Yahoo! Finance or CNN Money, and enter the ticker of the company whose share price you want. Real-time or slightly delayed share prices and historical data are available on these websites.
Check the prices of stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (NASDAQ) and the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) on the NASDAQ website.
Set up live stock quotes on your iPhone, using an app such as Real-Time Stocks. Other websites offer iPhone or iPad apps to check live share prices.
On most websites, real-time data is available during market hours, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, and for the pre-market session, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
- On most websites, real-time data is available during market hours, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time, and for the pre-market session, 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Karan Kapoor is a writer who has worked for leading news agencies and websites in five countries. His articles have appeared in newspapers and websites globally. He has a master's degree from Ohio University and has been writing and editing since 1996.