Stepping up from adding company information to Excel, you might find it extremely useful to gather historical stock market data. How has a particular stock performed over time? Has it shown consistent growth or taken a roller coaster ride? Microsoft Excel can answer these questions for you. By using financial APIs or data import functionality, Excel can compile and analyse historical stock data, providing insights into past performance.
The Stockhistory Function
The “STOCKHISTORY” function retrieves historical financial data. It automatically loads the data into an array. The Syntax is as follows,
=STOCKHISTORY(stock, start_date, [end_date], [interval], [headers], [property0], [property1], [property2], [property3], [property4], [property5])
Step 1 – Choose Your Company & Date Range
Choose a company (again with the “Stock Ticker” as mentioned in our previous article), we will collect data for Microsoft, “MSFT”.
Choose a start date and an end date
It’s important to write your date in the following format
We will choose “01-01-2015” until “01-01-2020”
Step 2 – Pick Your Interval, Headers & Properties
Now its time to choose an interval and other data for the sheet. You can choose from the following
- 0 – daily, 1 – weekly, 2 monthly
- 0 – no headers, 1 show headers, 2 show instrument identifier, and headers
- 0 = Date, 1 = Close, 2 = Open, 3 = High, 4 = Low, and 5 = Volume
In the below picture, we show an example for Microsoft, highlighting the different inputs.
The Example Here Shows the output of data from Microsoft within our chosen timeline.