Since the market conditions are down, I am considering on investing a little money in stocks, and holding them long-term.

I would like to see which stocks are 'on sale' and am looking at the P/E ratios to determine this. However, I don't know where I can find historical P/E ratios for a specific company.

For example, I see that AAPL is priced at $97.34 today with a P/E of 10.34...however, how do I know if this P/E is high or low in regards to it's historical average?

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    If you're willing to work a little you can get all past quarterly and/or yearly reports from Apple and calculate the P/E ratio yourself. – Guy Sirton Jan 31 '16 at 23:57
  • Are you talking about the US market? The US market is actually near recent highs, it was down somewhat in mid-Feb but it is back up know. Also how do you know is a stock is 'on sale'? A stock is never on sale, it might get underpriced or overpriced at times but it is never on sale. And using P/E won't tell you anything about the value of a stock. – Victor May 17 '16 at 8:46

The mathematics site, WolframAlpha, provides such data.

Here is a link to historic p/e data for Apple.

You can chart other companies simply by typing "p/e code" into the search box. For example, "p/e XOM" will give you historic p/e data for Exxon. A drop-down list box allows you to select a reporting period : 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, all data. Below the chart you can read the minimum, maximum, and average p/e for the reporting period in addition to the dates on which the minimum and maximum were applicable.

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