Quality Historical Stock Quotes
January 24, 2010 1:51 PM   Subscribe

Looking for an easy, cheap (ideally free) way to look up historical stock prices for discontinued stocks. Yahoo Finance, et. al aren't cutting it.

In particular, I'm trying to look up Four Seasons Hotels from 1/1/2007 to 1/1/2008. It got bought out sometime in 2007. It's stock symbol on the NYSE was FS, and I cannot find the stock price. Yahoo Finance, Google Finance, Big Charts, MSN Finance, nobody has it.
posted by philosophistry to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The SEC's offices would be the place to get this info.

None of the online stock companies you list will have this information.

Here is a list of phone numbers: http://sec.gov/contact/phones.htm
posted by dfriedman at 1:54 PM on January 24, 2010

Or see this: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/270384.html
posted by dfriedman at 1:56 PM on January 24, 2010

Your profile says you live in Austin, TX, which is a reasonably big city. The library in Austin may have a Bloomberg you can use for free, and Bloomberg will have this info.
posted by jeb at 2:51 PM on January 24, 2010

I just sent email to the address on your webpage with some rough data for that year.
posted by procrastination at 3:19 PM on January 24, 2010

Response by poster: All very helpful, thanks!
posted by philosophistry at 8:31 PM on January 24, 2010

This is more for people who find this later as you seem to have been helped. For the period you mention Bloomberg should have what you want. Most subscription data providers do a bad job of this. I know for a fact that NASDAQ, NYSE, Bloomberg, Baseline, and FactSet all have incomplete databases over varying time spans. I think the best set right now is maintained by the CRSP (http://www.crsp.com)

A couple problems you'll encounter are:

1. Tickers are reused by different distinct and unrelated companies. They also change from time to time as companies merge or are delisted/relisted. Bloomberg can keep track of the changes but is unreliable for bankrupt or purchased companies. Better to try to track the company using its CUSIP.

2. That being said, CUSIP's can change and are reused. Certainly less often than stock tickers but more often than never ever at all. Its why data providers like CRSP have their own identifiers for companies.

I think these problems exist because at one time data storage was expensive, now data collection is expensive.
posted by pegstar at 5:30 AM on January 25, 2010

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