On the Internet: End-of-Day Data
by CI Staff
Historical end-of-day data can be used to analyze the market and make investing decisions. While highly active investors use real-time data to profit from the minute-by-minute market ups and downs, other investors use end-of-day data for technical analysis and charting to find trading patterns.
Most of these Web sites offer downloadable statistics for the major stock, bond and futures markets in the United States as well as abroad. All of the sites include historical and current end-of-day data. The downloads are usually compatible with charting software programs such as Meta-Stock, OmniTrader, SuperCharts, and TradeStation. Some of the sites offer these services free of charge; others charge a small monthly fee.
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Whether you are an investor who relies on technical analysis or one who monitors the market daily for profitable market movements, end-of-day data can assist with your market analysis.
EODData lets users download free end-of-day stock market quotes. The data is downloaded as a TXT (text) file that lists the ticker and the days open, high, low, and close prices as well as trading volume for each stock listed on an exchange.
The free standard membership allows you to download end-of-day data after 10:00 p.m. (Eastern) from the New York, American, NASDAQ, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Singapore, Toronto, and Vancouver exchanges, as well as OTC Bulletin Board, global indexes and foreign exchange market (FOREX). Thirty days of historical data, charts and quotes are also included in a standard membership.
Under the Symbols List heading, you can view an index of all stocks on any of the exchanges listed above. By clicking a specific security or entering the ticker in the Symbol Search, you can see price data, five- and 20-day moving averages, and trading volume charts. Historical data for the past 10 days is shown, along with a link to download additional end-of-day data.
A bronze membership costs $4.95 per month. In addition to standard membership access, users get a software conversion utility package. It is compatible with most charting and technical analysis software including MetaStock, OmniTrader, SuperCharts, Advanced GET, TradeStation, AIQ and EzyCharts. End-of-day data is available for download at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern), or you can choose to receive the information via E-mail each day. Files are sent as attachments in a format identical to that offered for download on the Web site.
For $9.95 per month, a silver membership gives you access to the exchange data at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern). In addition to the data included in the standard and bronze packages, investors receive split-adjusted information and can download ninety days of historical data. Also, you can opt to access the files via the sites FTP server.
Coming soon to the site is a gold membership option priced at $14.95 per month. It builds on the silver membership by giving you access to end-of-day data on U.S. futures, as well as one year of downloadable historical data. Seven years of historical end-of-day data can be purchased for $50 per exchange.
Briter Systems scans thousands of Web sites daily for financial content, merging the data into a single downloadable source for its customers. For $15 each month, investors can download end-of-day data on over 7,000 stocks.
The data is downloaded as a text file and can be manipulated in Microsoft Excel. Typical end-of-day data such as company name, ticker, opening and closing prices, the days high and low prices and volume are given. Briter Systems also offers more than 30 additional statistics including dividend data, earnings per share data, market cap and the years high and low prices. The data can be downloaded from the Web site, sent to you in a file via E-mail or accessed via an FTP server. End-of-day data is made available at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) and includes all stocks listed on the New York, American and NASDAQ exchanges. You can download a free sample of the end-of-day data on the Web site.
Briter Systems gives customers access to the daily data files for four weeks. In addition, users can purchase a CD-ROM that contains quarterly historical data. The CD contains end-of-day data for all 7,000 stocks for the entire quarter. Six quarters of data are available for purchase for $25 each.
Members can also download statistics on the stocks in the Russell 3000 index bi-hourly, at the end of the day or at the end of the week. The Russell 3000 includes the largest 3000 companies that are traded on the U.S. markets. If you choose the weekly option, you will receive two files per week: one file with end-of-day data and the other with bi-hourly data. The daily option offers 80 files per week: 70 bi-hourly and 10 end-of-day files. Downloadable weekly files are kept on the site for three months. Historical data is also available for the Russell 3000 for the previous seven quarters for $25 each.
A free software download to help analyze, organize and filter data is offered under the Software heading.
InvestorLink provides end-of-day and historical financial data for use in technical analysis. In addition to U.S. exchange-traded stock data, the site also has statistics on commodities and mutual funds traded on U.S. exchanges. The data can be used with software applications such as Omega SuperCharts or in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. InvestorLink offers a free software program called Databoss, which downloads the historical and end-of-day data, updates existing historical files, adjusts stocks for splits and corrects mistakes automatically.
Historical data can be retrieved via a download from the Web site or an FTP server or received on a CD sent in the mail. End-of-day data is either downloaded via Databoss or received as an an E-mail attachment. The data is downloaded as a text (TXT) file and includes ticker symbol and open, close, high and low prices as well as trading volume. The symbols are listed in alphabetical order.
The data is compatible with most spreadsheets, word processors and charting software, excluding OmniTrader AIQ and MetaStock. Users of MetaStock, however, can use Databoss in conjunction with the MetaStock Downloader (free at the MetaStock Web site, www.equis.com) to download the data and transfer it into the MetaStock program.
Access to InvestorLinks data costs $24.95 a month, $139.95 for six months, or $249.95 per year. Subscribers have access to unlimited daily end-of-day data and 100 historical data downloads per week. For an additional $35, the site offers a CD containing the entire database of historical data. The site provides a free sample of the end-of-day data download, tutorials, FAQs and a users manual.
FinData offers financial market data to institutional and individual investors as well as other Web sites. The site offers end-of-day data on 11 stock exchanges: American Stock Exchange, Australian Stock Exchange, Canadian Dealing Exchange, Hong Kong Stock Exchange, London Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange, New Zealand Exchange, OTC Bulletin Board, Singapore Stock Exchange and Toronto Stock Exchange. It provides access to eight commodities and futures exchanges—including the Chicago Board of Trade, the Kansas City Board of Trade and the New York Commodity Exchange—as well as the foreign exchange market (FOREX) and global indexes.
Data is compatible with MetaStock, OmniTrader, EzyCharts, Advanced GET, SuperCharts and TradeStation. Users can choose to receive end-of-day data on any three of the 21 exchanges offered for $9.95 per month. Choose any five for $19.95 per month and gain access to all 21 for $29.95 per month. Data is downloaded from the Web site. Real-time, intraday and historical data are also available. For five years of historical data, FinData charges $25, $40, and $50 per exchange when five or more, three, or one exchange is chosen, respectively. Ten years of historical data costs $40, $60 and $75 per exchange for five or more, three or one exchange, respectively.
Investors can view a symbols list that shows the ticker symbol, the last and previous close prices and the trading volume. By clicking on a ticker symbol, you can view a moving average chart and a table with recent price data. Portfolios can be created as well. These services are free.