Daily stock charts are helpful in technical analysis by allowing investors to visualize price movements and monitor trends. Some technical analysts trade purely on the shape of the trend line for a stock. While it might be easy to find current stock price information, finding a free and reliable source to track historical stock price information is more challenging if you don't know where to go.
Yahoo! Finance (finance.yahoo.com), MSN Money (money.msn.com), Google Finance (google.com/finance), Marketwatch (marketwatch.com), The Street (thestreet.com) and CNBC (cnbc.com) are some of the leading sites to go to for finance research. For the purposes of this article, we'll use Yahoo! Finance; the following will show you how to view a daily chart for 2007.
Go to Yahoo! Finance. While Yahoo! Finance has the same information as other financial research sites, its charts are interactive and downloadable, and the site is intuitive for ease-of-use considerations.
In the left-hand corner, input the ticker symbol of the company you would like to look up. For this example, let's use GE for General Electric.
Click on "Historical Prices" in the Quotes section. Input the time period for which you would like to see stock prices. For 2007, enter January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2007. Be sure to click on the "Daily" option.
Download the spreadsheet or pull data into an interactive chart. To download, scroll down to the end of the page and click on the link "Download to Spreadsheet". For a chart, click on "Interactive" on the left-hand side of the page.
Scroll over each price point on the interactive chart for the actual price and volume number for that day.