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Finding international share prices

Research guide

Updated: 22 Nov 2022 Update History

This research guide lists a range of print and online sources for international share prices, including those from US and European markets.

How the Library can help

The ICAEW Library & Information Service does not offer a share price service, but can usually provide share prices for the following dates:

  • March 31st 1982
  • April 6th 1965

Prices for market value at launch can also be provided where available.

This information is only available to authorised users; non-members can consult our print sources in person on payment of our daily access fee.

If you would like to know more about the information we can offer, please call us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, email library@icaew.com or contact us through webchat.

Print sources

Financial Times

The Financial Times has published various tables for international share prices (and P/E ratios) over the years. The labels used for these tables have included: 'Overseas shares', 'World Stock Market Prices', 'American markets' and 'Other international markets'. At the time of writing (November 2022), the only comparable section in recent editions of the FT is headed 'World Markets at a glance'. This section provides fairly limited information on American, European, and Japanese share prices, under the sub-heading 'Stock market: biggest movers'.

The coverage of the tables has varied, containing at various times information on stocks in Australia, Austria, Belgium/Luxembourg, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dubai, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

In addition to this, each edition of the Financial Times includes a table of share prices for the FT Global 500 under the heading of 'FT500: The world's largest companies' (not to be confused with their useful annual publication on the FT Global 500).

The ICAEW Library aims to keep the last 6 months' worth of market data pages from the FT, and the Guildhall Library in London holds the FT from 1888 onwards in various formats. Some other public libraries also hold copies of the FT, with varying temporal coverage. In addition, scans of the market information published in the FT for the last five years are available in digital format via the online FT Data Archive (subscription required) — see below.

CGT - Capital Gains; the Key Figures for Calculating Your Tax

The ICAEW Library holds two copies of the publication CGT- capital gains; the key figures for calculating your tax (Financial Times, 1985), which reproduces tables from the Financial Times on 7 April 1965 and 1 April 1982, showing share prices and exchange rates for two key dates:

  • Overseas shares - 6 April 1965
    Reprinted from the FT of Wednesday 7 April 1965
  • Overseas shares - 31 March 1982
    Reprinted from the FT of Thursday 1 April 1982.

Share prices are listed for both dates exactly as they were printed in the original editions.

Wall Street Journal Europe

Until it ceased publication in 2017, the Wall Street Journal Europe published share prices for the Dow Jones Stoxx Europe 50 (including the largest European blue-chip companies) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Later editions also listed ‘Asia Titans’.

Please note that the ICAEW Library no longer holds this title.

Online sources

FT.com

The online FT Data Archive provides tables of international stock data going back five years, as published in the 'World Markets at a glance' and 'FT500: The world's largest companies' sections of the paper (subscription required).

To use this service:

  1. Use the dropdown menus to select the category of 'Popular print', and the report type of either 'World Markets at a glance' or 'FT500, Fixed incomes, Commodities, Interest rates'.
  2. Select the appropriate date range.
  3. Click on the 'Download PDF' link next to the relevant report.

In addition, the FT also provides share price data through its online ‘Find a company’ tool.

WSJ.com

The Wall Street Journal website provides historic share price information for major US and international markets, including Dow Jones Industrial average (DJIA), NASDAQ, S&P 500, Stoxx Europe 600, Global Dow, and Nikkei 225. In some cases data is available back to November 1984, but coverage varies significantly between companies and markets.

To access share price data, either search for a company name under ‘Quotes Lookup’ on the right hand side of the markets page, or navigate to the Market Data page, select a market — eg, Hang Seng — and then select a company from that market.

On an individual company's page you can select the ‘Historical prices’ tool, located under ‘Research & Ratings’ in the navigation bar. This tool allows users to download datasets in CSV format.

BigCharts

BigCharts provides share information from a number of major markets around the globe. In some cases data goes back to 1984, but coverage varies significantly between companies and markets.

From the home page you can search for a company by keyword. Share price information for the time period of your choice can then be viewed on either a ‘Basic chart’ or an ‘Advanced chart’. The latter offers a wide range of charting options, allowing you to compare groups of securities, overlay moving averages, and view various technical indicators (such as price/earnings ratios).

It is important to note that, as this is an American website, the dates are in the mm/dd/year format.

Individual stock exchange websites

Most stock exchanges now have an online presence and offer some facility to view share prices, whether these are static lists recording end-of-day quotes, or real-time quoting services.

Corporate websites

Many companies provide share price information through their own online channels.

Some companies provide this data via a 'corporate' or 'investor' section of their main website — as in the case of Verizon. Others — such as Macy's — make such information available through a dedicated corporate microsite.

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