A question from Yahoo! Answers:
Pulling current stock prices into Excel?
What’s the best way to pull yesterday’s closing prices and/or current stock prices into Excel? I want to do this for *every* traded stock in S&P500 *every* morning, rather than for just a subset.
Here’s a possibility:
- Put together a comma-separated list of stocks constituting S&P 500 (no blank spaces, just symbols and commas).
- Construct a long URL from three parts:
- Your list
- Download the file from the URL you just constructed. This will be a CSV file containing current prices of all stocks in S&P 500.
It’s possible that Yahoo will not be able to return 500 symbols at once, because there may be limits on the length of a URL it can accept. If so, you’ll have to create several sublists and download them one at a time.
Another possibility is to write an Excel macro, which would retrieve quotes one by one…