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Last Update: June 10, 2024

How To Bulk Download Stock Data in Google Sheets

Learn how to perform bulk stock data downloads using Market Data's Google Sheets Add-on.

Market Data’s STOCKDATA formula for Google Sheets, is an efficient solution for bulk stock data downloads. This powerful feature is specifically designed for those seeking to streamline their stock market analysis with rapid, comprehensive data retrieval. With STOCKDATA, you can effortlessly execute bulk downloads of both real-time and historical stock data. In this guide, we discuss the utilization of STOCKDATA for bulk data operations, ensuring that you harness its full potential for your trading and analysis needs.

Bulk stock data download through STOCKDATA in Google Sheets streamlines your spreadsheets by allowing multiple data retrievals in one API request. This feature is crucial for handling large spreadsheets efficiently, reducing the time spent on API calls. It streamlines data management, making your spreadsheets more organized and manageable.

If you haven’t already, make sure to learn the basics of STOCKDATA first before starting with bulk downloading. Learn STOCKDATA’s basic syntax in our guide to getting real-time stock prices in Google Sheets.

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Step-by-Step Guide: Setting Up Bulk Data Download Requests with STOCKDATA

bulk S&P 500 stock data downloadTo use STOCKDATA for bulk stock data downloads in Google Sheets, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare Your Spreadsheet: Start with a list of stock symbols in a column.
  2. Enter the STOCKDATA Formula: In a new cell, use the STOCKDATA formula, referencing the column with your stock symbols. For example, =STOCKDATA(A2:A501) to request a real-time quote for 500 stocks listed in cells A2 to A501.
  3. Choose Your Data Points: Specify what data you want – real-time prices, historical close prices, etc. Tailor the formula to suit your needs, like =STOCKDATA(A2:A501, "close", "2024-01-26") for historical close prices on a specific date.
  4. Execute: Once entered, the formula fetches the data for all listed symbols in a single request.

Effective organization of your stock symbols and precise formula construction are key to maximizing the performance your spreadsheet. By using a single STOCKDATA formula instead of hundreds of formulas, your spreadsheet will run much quicker.

Organizing Symbols for Bulk Stock Data Downloads

When using STOCKDATA for bulk downloads, organizing your stock symbols effectively is crucial. There are two primary methods to do this:

  1. Using Vertical Arrays (Columns): Place your stock symbols in a vertical array, i.e., down a column in Google Sheets. For instance, if your symbols are in cells A2 to A501, your STOCKDATA formula would be =STOCKDATA(A2:A501). This method is clean and allows for easy expansion or modification of your symbol list.
  2. Using a String of Symbols Separated by Commas: Alternatively, you can list your symbols in a single formula separated by commas. For example, =STOCKDATA("AAPL, MSFT, AMZN") would fetch data for Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon simultaneously. This method is useful for shorter lists or when space is limited.

Both methods are efficient for bulk data downloads but choose the one that best fits your spreadsheet’s layout and your needs.

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