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Plot Stock Prices


Malcolm Wood (view profile)


14 Jul 2006 (Updated )

Retrieves and plots historical stock prices

function plot_prices(symbol,num_days)
%PLOT_PRICES - Plots a stock price over a specified number of days
% To plot the closing price for the specified stock symbol for the last 30 days:
%   plot_prices(symbol)
% To specify the number of days:
%   plot_prices(symbol,num_days)
% Uses the Yahoo service, since it doesn't require a subscription or any
% special software.

% Copyright 2006-2010 The MathWorks, Inc.

% Open a connection to the Yahoo service.
y = yahoo;

% Assign the default number of days if necessary.
if nargin<2
    num_days = 30;

% This is how we would get the latest quote, if we wanted it.  The
% output would be a structure.
% try
%     d = fetch(y,symbol);
% catch
%     close(y);
%     rethrow(lasterror);
% end

% Get historical prices
n = now;
    % Use the form of the "fetch" function which takes inputs:
    %   data = fetch(connection,symbol,from_date,to_date,period);
    % We want daily prices, starting now and finishing the specified number of
    % days ago.  This might seem like it's going to give us our results in
    % reverse order, but it's not.  The dates can be in any format recognised
    % by datenum.  Use datestr to create something recognisable.
    d = fetch(y,symbol,'Close',datestr(n),datestr(n-num_days),'d');
catch E

% Tidy up

% We only requested one output (the closing price), so the data has two columns:
%    date, closing price.
% The date is in the same (numeric) format as returned by "now". Get the number of days
% ago by subtracting the current date and rounding up.  If you do this after
% the market has closed, you'll get an entry for today (days_ago = 1).  Otherwise,
% the most recent entry will be for yesterday (-1).
days_ago = ceil(d(:,1) - n);
close_price = d(:,2);

% Plot

title(sprintf('%s: last %d days',symbol,num_days));
ylabel('Price at Close');

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