S&P 500 from 1789 until today: free data


Here you can download free data of the S&P 500 from 1789 until today (for Excel, in format: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, etc.):

write at the top left (in the box: Symbol np): ^SPX and then click on: Kwotuj

and then click at the bottom left on: Historical data

choose Interval: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, etc...

click at the bottom on: Download data in csv file



The S&P 500 index was launched on March 4, 1957 ;)

Note: The index Launch Date was Mar 04, 1957. All information for an index prior to its Launch Date is hypothetical back-tested, not actual performance, based on the index methodology in effect on the Launch Date.

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC.

Another good resource for historical charts & data I usemyself. Recessions shown as grey bands.


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In the book: The Right Stock at the Right Time Prospering in the Coming Good Years by Larry Williams, are published some statistics from 1871
of the Index: S & P Composite Stock Price Index, whose data he took from this site:

this page is no longer there, but the home page is of the Nobel Prize: Robert J. Shiller (Co-Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics):

so I believe that the data published in the book of Larry Williams are reliable.

Probably at that time this was the reference Index, and only later became the S & P 500.

Also on this page by legendary trader Dan Zanger, there is this chart showing that as early as 1870 there was a Stock Market Index that later became
the S & P 500:

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