Before the internet and even before computers, critical financial information was printed daily in newspapers. Though many newspapers still print this information, most people find it easier (and faster) to get information on their stocks from financial websites. So back when financial information was a tedious and manual process what was considered relevant enough to warrant inclusion?
Obviously the reader would want basic information like the stock’s ticker symbol, volume, closing price and possibly high and low price for the day or last 52 weeks. Dividend yield was another piece of useful information often presented. One of the more interesting pieces of information presented was the Price Earnings (P/E) Ratio.