How to Check Share Prices

by Alia Nikolakopulos

Share prices for stocks and bonds change on a daily basis. You can check current share prices to decide if you want to invest in a company and also to decide if you wish to sell securities you own. You can also check historical share prices to determine your basis in shares you sell during the year. You must know your basis in shares you dispose of to report gains and losses to the Internal Revenue Service at the end of the year. Regardless of the purpose for your share price search, current and historical data is just a few clicks away.

1. Navigate to a website that provides current market prices, such as the website for the New York Stock Exchange ( or NASDAQ (

2. Find the ticker symbol for the company that sells the shares you wish to check (see Resources). Ticker symbols are three-letter codes that identify a specific company within the market. You can find ticker symbols on the website you select by using the “Symbol Lookup” tool.

3. Locate the “Get Quote” search field on the financial website you select.

4. Enter the ticker symbol for the stock or mutual fund you wish to check share prices for in the “Get Quote” field and submit your query. The current share price is shown in the search results. You can also search historical share price information on most investment websites.

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