Determining if a stock is at an all-time high price is a simple exercise for companies that don’t split their stocks or pay dividends. If you can deal with an approximate price, you can use the SRC 35 Year Stock Price Charts Again, the same warning about splits and dividends applies if you are using older volumes. For IBM you can go to , click on historical prices, and have daily prices back to Jan, 1962 adjusted for all splits and dividends. Because in 1992 Macy’s and Federated Department Stores merged and the corporate name that survived was Federated Department Stores, stock symbol FDS. In 2007, the Company changed its name back to Macy’s and now trades under the symbol M. Yahoo will give you prices back to 1992. You should also consider applying stock splits (history) when building your own stock database, sources like are good.
As it turns out, my daughter’s question was especially complex because the company whose stock price she was seeking, Del Monte, was not trading on any of the stock exchanges on the dates mentioned. Of the sources listed, I narrowed down to 3 intraday discount vendors: Price Data/Grain Market Research ( -/ ), Pi Trading ( ), and Kibot ( ). I wish I could afford to look at Tick Data ( ), but the prices are ridiculous; they even have a minimum order amount.
After taking a day or so for the DataClient to realize I had purchased the 18 months of AMEX data, a day or so to download the data (probs with that too) and then I find out it’s not adjusted for splits. Marcos, likely a paid affiliate, has posted this same message/link over 17 times (google search count) on various trading forums in the month of April. I plotted and analyzed my results in Excel but could not find how to post the charts in this forum.
Performing a statistical analysis of the -H-L-C prices between four vendors, I compared each price field individually and only used regular session history. Again, I had to compare unadjusted prices only as the QuantQuote method had too many errors to reliability align the data between sources. Run a google search for both Quantquote and Caltech, and you will find two common denominators: Jason Stockman (CTO) and Andy Yen (Founder).
That means you can almost completely ignore stock splits, knowing that they are automatically applied retroactively to all data. As shown in the chart below, the Russell 2000 Value Index provided the strongest returns by far between 1980 and 2012, returning a total of 6578%, or an annualized return of about 13.15% per year. The Nasdaq Composite Index returns include annual price increases in the Index for 1980-2009 and total returns (accounting for reinvested distributions) for 2010-2013. I have not been able to obtain total returns for the Nasdaq Composite for calendar years prior to 2010.