You can access our data in the tool below, or if you prefer your data in graphical format, in the charts that appear below our tool:
Now for the charts covering the quarterly data for the S&P 500 and its predecessor indices and component stocks since the first quarter of 1871. Our first chart shows the S&P 500's average price per share in the month ending the quarter in question:
Next, let's look at the dividends per share that were paid out in each quarter from 1871-Q1 through 2012-Q4:
Our third chart reveals the earnings per share that would be reported for each quarter from 1871-Q1 through 2012-Q4:
If you're ever bored and looking for something to do, overlay the data for the price per share chart and the dividends per share chart - you might make a pretty unique discovery!
Update 16 February 2013: Speaking of which, it certainly would be a lot easier to make that discovery if we also made the Quarterly S&P 500 Data Since 1871-Q1 available to you in spreadsheet form!
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