Downloading Yahoo data
thanks to M.Kishinevsky and M. Higgs

Here's a neat way to download stock data from Yahoo, perhaps into a spreadsheet (so you can play with the data): a BUNCH of STOCK SYMBOLS separated by "+" &f=a bunch of special tags

for example:

where some special tags are (thanks to Mike):
a Ask a2 Average Daily Volume a5 Ask Size
b Bid b2 Ask (Real-time) b3 Bid (Real-time)
b4 Book Value b6 Bid Size c Change & Percent Change
c1 Change c3 Commission c6 Change (Real-time)
c8 After Hours Change (Real-time) d Dividend/Share d1 Last Trade Date
d2 Trade Date e Earnings/Share e1 Error Indication (returned for symbol changed / invalid)
e7 EPS Estimate Current Year e8 EPS Estimate Next Year e9 EPS Estimate Next Quarter
f6 Float Shares g Day's Low h Day's High
j 52-week Low k 52-week High g1 Holdings Gain Percent
g3 Annualized Gain g4 Holdings Gain g5 Holdings Gain Percent (Real-time)
g6 Holdings Gain (Real-time) i More Info i5 Order Book (Real-time)
j1 Market Capitalization j3 Market Cap (Real-time) j4 EBITDA
j5 Change From 52-week Low j6 Percent Change From 52-week Low k1 Last Trade (Real-time) With Time
k2 Change Percent (Real-time) k3 Last Trade Size k4 Change From 52-week High
k5 Percebt Change From 52-week High l Last Trade (With Time) l1 Last Trade (Price Only)
l2 High Limit l3 Low Limit m Day's Range
m2 Day's Range (Real-time) m3 50-day Moving Average m4 200-day Moving Average
m5 Change From 200-day Moving Average m6 Percent Change From 200-day Moving Average m7 Change From 50-day Moving Average
m8 Percent Change From 50-day Moving Average n Name n4 Notes
o Open p Previous Close p1 Price Paid
p2 Change in Percent p5 Price/Sales p6 Price/Book
q Ex-Dividend Date r P/E Ratio r1 Dividend Pay Date
r2 P/E Ratio (Real-time) r5 PEG Ratio r6 Price/EPS Estimate Current Year
r7 Price/EPS Estimate Next Year s Symbol s1 Shares Owned
s7 Short Ratio t1 Last Trade Time t6 Trade Links
t7 Ticker Trend t8 1 yr Target Price v Volume
v1 Holdings Value v7 Holdings Value (Real-time) w 52-week Range
w1 Day's Value Change w4 Day's Value Change (Real-time) x Stock Exchange
y Dividend Yield
For example, if y'all copy and paste this URL into your browser address:
you'll get something which looks like:

gives this:
"GENERAL ELEC CO",32.98,"Jun 26","21.30 - 32.98","NYSE",2.66,"Jul 25",28.55,"Jul 3","-0.21%"

whereas, to get the data already in a spreadsheet (so you can play it), you can use (for example):

Here's a spreadsheet that'll download the Yahoo data according to the tags that you specify:

You just follow steps 1, 2, 3 then 4 (click the button).

>And all that info gets ...?
Gets downloaded into the spreadsheet. You just have to identify the Yahoo Symbols, stick in the Yahoo Tags that define the info you want, stick in some Headings (so you know what you're getting), then click the Download Data button. You will also want to reformat the columns so that prices don't display as dates

To download the spreadsheet, click on the picture above.

See also Portfolio spreadsheet.


Data is downloaded in .csv format ... that's comma-separated-values.
Some stock names include commas.
The data associated with such a stock won't look good
... things gets shifted to the right. ^#$%@!&?
(as suggested by Azamul K.)
Put the name LAST ... in the right-most column.

If you'd like to play with the 500 S&P stocks, you can use the spreadsheet described here. It also uses some of these tags.

Yahoo URL Changes

It's now Feb, 2004 and Yahoo has changed the pertinent URL



It's now Mar, 2007 and Yahoo has changed the pertinent URL again ... to


To make the change you can try this:

  1. Right-click on the Download button that calls the macro
  2. Choose Assign macro then Edit
  3. Look for a statement containing the phrase:   qurl = ""
  4. Change it to read:   qurl = ""
  5. Exit the macro, pray** ... then try the modified spreadsheet.
**   That's the most important part of the ritual.

Note: Any time Yahoo changes youcan try that ritual.

Downloading Yahoo Option stuff
After getting e-mail from R.K., I discover that Yahoo has option data, too

So, there's a spreadsheet that looks like this:

Click on the picture to download

Of course, ya gotta know the Yahoo option symbols !!

Downloading a BUNCH!

Sorting stuff
motivated by e-mail from Scott S.
The spreadsheets (above & below) will download data from all the stock symbols until it reaches a blank    
Indeed, if the macro that collects data reaches a blank, it gets quite upset.
Don't leave a blank!!

If you wish to delete a symbol somewhere within the list, just type zzz before downloadng.
Then the spreadsheet will be quite happy. (Who knows? There may be a stock with that symbol, eh?)

Anyway, having downloaded a bunch of stuff associated with a gaggle of stocks, this spreadsheet will sort them: (Click on the picture to download.)

You can ask for a few stock thingies * (like P/E or PEG ratios, etc. but just those things that are on the Yahoo tag list !!) **
... then click a button to Download then move a SORT slider to select which to sort on. (In the example, it's the P/E Ratio.)

* They're in cell C2, namely: n and l1 and r and r5 and d and p6 and m8 and m6 and j6 and s7

** If'n Yahoo ain't got the data, then you won't get it either, eh?

Here's the DOW sorted according to PEG Ratios ... as of April, 2008
Note that Yahoo ain't got a PEG for GM.

I forgot to mention that, after downloadng, the spreadsheet automatically sorts the list according to the stock symbol.
If you entered a symbol zzz, it'll appear at the bottom of the sorted list.

Historical stuff
motivated by e-mail from Richard C..

All of the above spreadsheets download a single set of data for each stock ... and that's the most recent data!
If you'd like to build a historical data base yourself (by downloading periodically and saving the downloaded data), you can use this guy:

You download as you'd normally do ... perhaps to check the latest numbers ... THEN, click the Save Data button to save that latest data.
Each stock must have it's own sheet, like so (assuming you'll want to save data to that sheet):

(That's where the data gets saved.)

Of course, each sheet must be created ... but there's an Explain sheet that says:

In other words, you may decide which stocks get their data saved, which don't and which added sheets get deleted.