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3. Collecting Financial Data > Download Historical Price Files

Download Historical Price Files

Historical prices are necessary if you’re to successfully evaluate fundamental and technical measures for a stock.

Fundamental and technical analysts (for the difference between the two, see Chapter 4 and Chapter 5) don’t have much in common other than the evaluation of historical prices to determine whether a stock is a buy, hold, or sell. Those who study fundamental measures use historical prices to identify typical P/E ratios and dividend yields for stocks. Because fundamental investors buy for the long term, they want historical prices going back several years. Conversely, technical analysts study the vagaries of price movement to try to determine where the price might go next. Technical analysis tends to the short term, so price charts might cover a few months or even a few hours. Smart investors combine the best of both of these methodologies to buy quality growth companies at good prices. Whether you want prices for days, months, or years, you can do....


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