Welcome to Reference From Coast to Coast: Sources and Strategies, a monthly column written by Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen. The tab for historical quotes appears near the top of the home page eliminating any confusion about where to go next. You also have the option to create a chart of activity: daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, yearly, or more narrowly: 1 minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, hourly. These tracking charts, unfortunately, are only in chart form and there does not appear to be an option to simply list times and numbers. Entering a symbol produces a screen with basic current data and an option for historical quotes for that stock. Use the historical information to make yourself a well-informed stock investor.
The usual information is provided: open, high, low, close and volume and I was able to follow a sample stock back to 1988. At this site you can also get the prices and volume for specific times throughout the day and this information can be printed in clear columns for easy reading. If you’re looking for historical pricing on just a few companies, check those companies’ websites. To lower the risk of losing money in the stock market, traders can diversify their portfolio.
Many of the larger, well established corporations provide historical pricing information in their investor relations materials. Fee-based sources such as Dow Jones Interactive or Tradeline via Dialog also provide historical pricing information. Lexis® Source Locator Quote/Quote notes coverage of pricing history from 1976 and stock splits/dividends from 1968. Westlaw’s® Quote database scope notes historical stock information available from October 1973 to the present. Access the StockCharts website if you prefer to see the Dow Jones historical pricing in chart form (see Resources).
You will see a more visual representation of stock market price changes over the past century, particularly the enormous dip that occured during the Great Depression. Again, in no way should you use chart to predict the future but it can certainly provide you a quick history lesson. Use these same websites for other historical information, such as historical individual stock prices. While still on the same Yahoo page, click on ‘Basic Chart’ on the left-hand side to see a chart of Coca-Cola stock.
For example, on the Yahoo website, if you change the symbol to KO and enter the date 6/7/2000, you will see that Coca-Cola stock was priced at $53 per share at close of business on June 7, 2000. If the index you’re looking for does not have the date or range you’re seeking, try While it doesn’t have the ability to enter a date range, it does allow for a date which it then brackets, providing a two-month range.