Let's face it, knowing how a stock performed yesterday or last week provides absolutely no clue as to whether it will rise, fall or stay stagnant in the future.
Attempting to forecast an issue's future behavior requires accessing stock performance charts covering a substantial period of time. Fortunately, performance charts containing historical information are readily available.
igniteChart, for example, has stock charts that deliver performance information over just about any time span you'd like to specify. Also, all of the information on igniteChart may be customized to what you are looking for including things like colors, titles, legends, backgrounds, how the data is presented, tick-precision, gridlines, and also what type of price information you want like low and high prices and even trading volume. You may find out historical information for how a stock did long term, like over the course of many. many years.
MSN and their Money Central section is another terrific choice for stock performance charts. Like igniteChart, you can really choose and customize the type of information you are looking for. You just enter in a stock symbol on the current information page and then click on the historical charts link. Then, just as explained above, you can select which variables you want and you may go back even five years on your stock. You can also select a range of dates that you are looking for. You can also go to the customize chart field and select different overlays for the graph you are finding information on.
For example, in the technical overlays section select both dividends and splits to have both of these included in your chart. Finally, Yahoo Finance is an outstanding website for historical or performance stock charts. Like the others, simply enter in the symbol or company name in the search field and if you select "get quotes" you should get a bunch of relevant information about that stock. Then click on "historical prices", on the left hand side of the page and you'll be able to select and customize how far back you want to find price information for your chosen stock. This information can be helpful when comparing what a stock is worth now compared to a month, year, or even many years ago.