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?


http://www.euroinvestor.com/exchanges/nasdaq/macromedia-inc/41408/history 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: http://finance.yahoo.com/q/hp?s=LEHMQ&a=08&b=01&c=2008&d=08&e=30&f=2008&g=d 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 '15 at 21:50
  • @Michael I commented above; you should be able to use a local library (in the US...not sure about other countries) and access the backlog of newspapers. From there you can do research on a listed company via WSJ, etc. – Ross Dec 2 '15 at 13:37
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    What about companies like GM, they declared bankruptcy and then came back with the same ticker? – wizlog Jun 20 '16 at 13:26
  • If quarterly stock prices are sufficient, you can find the historic stock price of companies such as GM from SEC Edgar's database. For GM, search for "General Motors", select the CIK for "formerly: GENERAL MOTORS CORP (filings through 2009-07-13)", and then filter for 10-K yearly report documents. Search the 1994 10-K for "1992 Quarters" and it has opening and closing stock prices for 1992 quarters. There are APIs out there to query SEC data programmatically such as node-edgar. – Lightbeard Jan 28 '17 at 12:29

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.

Other companies are harder to find. For example, the bankrupt General Motors (was NYSE:GM) became Motoros Liquidation Corp (OTC:MTLQQ) and traded that way for almost 21 months before finally become defunct in March 2011 and returning shareholders $0. A new company (NYSE:GM) was listed in 2010. As far as previous shareholders were concerned, this is a completely new entity. Previous shareholders did not receive any shares in the new GM even though it appeared to have the same ticker.

In mergers, there are in two (or more) entities - one surviving entity and one (or more) delisted entity. In demergers/spinoffs there are two (or more) entities - one that continues the capital structure of the original company and the other newly formed spun-off entity. Just using the names of the companies is no indication of its history.

For example, due to monopoly considerations, AT&T was forced to spinoff multiple companies in 1984 due to monopoly considerations, and effectively became 75% smaller. One of the companies they spunoff was Southwestern Bell Corporation, which became SBC Communications in 1995. In 2005 SBC took over its former parent company and immediately changed its name to AT&T. So now we have two AT&Ts - one that was delisted in 2005 due to takeover and another that exists to this day.

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

  • Can you name any of these paid companies who can provide this data online (Norgate requires an install). – wizlog Jun 22 '16 at 20:11

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