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What is daily return data for the S&P 500 index for the past 30 years?

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Daily return data for the S&P 500 for any time period is available on such sites as Google Finance and Yahoo! Finance. When selecting the ticker for the S&P 500 index, users have the option to view the daily closes for any period that the index has existed.

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On the Yahoo! Finance website, users can access the S&P 500 index data by searching the ticker symbol GSPC. After searching that ticker, the site directs the user to the homepage for the index. On the left sidebar, there is an option to select historical prices. By clicking on that option, users can view a page on which they can select from a number of additional search options. They can enter any start and end date for the search range, and they can view the returns on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Yahoo! Finance returns a table of prices including the date, open price, close price, high price, low price and volume traded. The table also includes an adjusted close price column, which controls for dividends and stock splits on that day. Yahoo! Finance also provides the option to export that data to an Excel spreadsheet, where users can manipulate and sort it on a more granular level.

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