How to View a Stock's History

by Alan Craig ; Updated July 27, 2017
Stock prices can vary dramatically over time.

The key piece of data you need when you consider a stock’s history is its historical price record. By viewing its price history, you can see how the stock has performed over time compared with other stocks in the same industry, with stocks in other industries and the stock market at large. By studying a stock’s price history, you can note whether the stock's price undergoes periodic up and down cycles. This can help you decide when it is a good time to buy or sell the stock.

Step 1

Type the ticker symbol of the stock you are interested in into the box next to the “Get Quotes” button on the Yahoo! Finance page and click on “Get Quotes.” Click on the “Historical Prices” link in the navigation bar. This will display a list of historical prices for your stock. If the date you are interested in is not displayed, set the date or date range you are interested in the “Set Date Range” part of the page and click on the “Get Prices” button.

Step 2

Type the ticker symbol of the stock you are interested in into the box labeled “Enter Symbol” on the BigCharts Historical Quotes page. Type the date you want into the “Enter Date" box and click on the “Look Up” button.

Step 3

Type the ticker symbol of the stock you are interested in into the box labeled “Get Quote” on the MSN Money Personal Finance and Investing page. Click on “Get Quote.” Click on the “Historical” link in the navigation bar. Click on the box that is labeled “Custom date range” and set the dates to your desired values and click on the “Redraw Chart” button. This will display a graph. Use your mouse to trace over the graph. If you pause over a specific date, it will display information specific to that date.

Tips

  • Try all three of these resources. Although the data is the same, the way you interact with the data is somewhat different. You may find one of these sources is the best match for your needs.

Warnings

  • This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice.

    Be sure you understand how stock splits are handled in any historical quote you view.

    Past performance of any stock does not necessarily imply that it will continue in the future.

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