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How can you check historical stock prices?

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People who are looking for historical stock prices can look up ticker symbols for many companies for free on NASDAQ, Market Watch and Yahoo Finance; however, some of these sources only go back to a set year. Those looking for more complete or older stock information can use commercial sources such as TickData and Compustat.

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NASDAQ allows users to search for up to 25 ticker symbols at a time and has data from up to 10 years ago. Both volumes and stock prices for each symbol are displayed, and users can see the last sale and net change on a selected date. Also available are the prices the symbol opened and closed with and the high and low values for the 5 days leading up to the date.

Market Watch allows users to enter a specific date and ticker symbol, and it displays the stock price, change, previous close and the daily high and low. Yahoo Finance, on the other hand, also allows users to get information about historical split and dividend adjustments for a stock; however, if a company has been delisted, then its historical stock data won't be available.

Tick Data is an application that offers more detailed historical stock data and provides information about non-United States stock exchanges as well. Compustat, on the other hand, is useful for finding stock data from as early as the 1960's; however, only companies can access its databases, and there is a significant subscription fee.

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