How to Get Current Stock Prices

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Create a portfolio on finance sites to access the stock prices you want quickly.
Create a portfolio on finance sites to access the stock prices you want quickly. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Whether you're a Wall Street veteran or an amateur investor who's just starting out, it's only natural that you'll want to keep an eye on the value of your stocks and shares. If you don't have the time or the inclination to wait for your stock to come round on news channel tickers, you can quickly and easily get pricing information via the Internet.

Navigate to sites such as Google Finance, Yahoo! Finance and MSN Money on an Internet-enabled device.

Type the ticker symbol of the stock into the search box on the landing page of your chosen site. As you type, company names will populate a drop-down box. Click on the company you're searching for when it appears. If you don't know the ticker off the top of your head, you can instead search by company name.

Click on "Search" or "Get Quotes" to view your stock price in real time. Along with the current value of your stock, you'll also receive data such as the day's highs and lows, the volume of shares traded and your chosen stock's market capitalization. Some sites also provide news about the stock you're searched for. The type of data you'll receive will depend on the service you use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apps such as Stock Quote, CNBC Real-Time and Real-Time Stocks let you stay up-to-date with share prices from your smartphone or tablet computer.
  • Services such as Google Finance, Yahoo! Finance and MSN Money also let you save a portfolio of stocks you can view in real time. The method for setting up stock portfolios will depend on the service you use.

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