Getting Stock Information into Excel

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 13, 2018)

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For years Jack has used the Yahoo! Finance API to import stock information into his worksheets. Now that service has gone away. Jack figures he can't be alone in needing to get stock information into his Excel worksheets, so he is wondering if there other services that folks with similar needs can suggest.

There are a few ways that the loss of the Yahoo! Finance data could be approached. If you need just current prices, one approach is to rely on Google Sheets. As discussed in this tip, you can use the GoogleFinance function to get a number of financial statistics. Once they are in a Sheets worksheet, you can then copy and paste them into your Excel worksheet.

There are also other sites that provide data and include an API. You might need to write your own code to access the data through the API, but it is available. Here are two sites to check out:

https://www.alphavantage.co/
https://www.quandl.com/

If you poke around on the sites, you may find that some data is offered in Excel format, as well.

One subscriber suggested the following site as a possibility:

http://investexcel.net/multiple-stock-quote-downloader-for-excel/

You may want to poke around in the comments on the page, as some seem to indicate some trouble in getting the financial information they desired.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is three more than 8?

2018-01-13 09:02:12

Greg B

Actually the Yahoo!Finance API is not dead ... it is just changed and Yahoo will not acknowledge it or support any attempt to resurrect the old methodology.

Take a look at: http://www.signalsolver.com/download-historical-stock-price-data-excel/

I have modified his code for my purposes but it does work, not as seamlessly as before, ie, I have found that simply entering 1/1/1950 as the starting date may not get you all dates of a particular stock so you might have to look on Yahoo!Finance to see what is available.


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