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With services like Google Finance or Yahoo Finance it is very convenient to find the historical stock price metric of a listed company, but if the company is not listed, I can't find the data.

For example, I want to see the price metrics for Macromedia, which had been listed in 1993 on NASDAQ (MACR), then acquired by Adobe in 2005. How could I find its historical price metrics?

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up vote 1 down vote accepted will work as DumbCoder states, but didn't contain LEHMQ (Lehman Brother's holding company).

You can use Yahoo for companies that have declared bankruptcy, such as Lehman Brothers: but you have to know the symbol of the holding company.

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so, no place to search for the symbol of a company that went defunct, e.g. 20 or 30 years ago? – Michael Oct 19 at 21:50

Such data is typically only available from paid sources due to the amount of research involved in determining the identity of delisted securities, surviving entities in merger scenarios, company name changes, symbol changes, listing venue changes, research of all capital events such as splits, and to ensure that the data coverage is complete.

Many stocks that are delisted from a major exchange due to financial difficulties are still publicly tradeable companies with their continuing to trade as "OTC" shares. Some large companies even have periods where they traded for a period of their history as OTC. This happened to NYSE:NAV (Navistar) from Feb 2007 to July 2008, where they were delisted due to accounting statement inaccuracies and auditor difficulties.

In the case of Macromedia, it was listed on NASDAQ 13 Dec 1993 and had its final day of trading on 2 Dec 2005. It had one stock split (2:1) with ex-date of 16 Oct 1995 and no dividends were ever paid.

Disclosure: I am a co-owner of Norgate Data (Premium Data), a data vendor in this area.

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