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Re: FinancialData problems

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  • Subject: [mg87565] Re: FinancialData problems
  • From: Jean-Marc Gulliet <jeanmarc.gulliet at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2008 03:31:40 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
  • References: <ftq55i$fb$1@smc.vnet.net>

Donald DuBois wrote:
> One of the examples in the Doc Center
> 
> for FinancialData[]  is
> 
> FinancialData["^DJI", "Name"] 
> 
> which should return the 
> English language name for the DJI (Dow Jones Industrials).
> 
> In the example in the Doc Center it returns
> 
> "DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE I".
> 
> which makes perfect sense.
> 
> This example is under (for the FinancialData function):
> 
>  Scope  | Names and Identifiers | Specifying Exchanges | 
> | Getting Names and Identifiers | Groups and Sectors   | Other Financial Instruments 
> 
> But when I evaluate it I get
> 
> Missing["NotAvailable"] 
> 
> instead of  
> 
> "DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE I".
> 
> This has been happening since Sept. 2007 when I first
> alerted Wolfram which they acknowledged was a bug.   
> 
> 
> There are plenty of other examples that don't work
> as well with FinancialData  such as
> 
> 
> FinancialData["FMAGX","Name"]
> 
> However, it still doesnâ??t work properly.
> Have others noticed this problem?
> Are there any clever work arounds?
> 
> 
> Also, if I evaluate the Example in the Doc Center 
> 
> 
> Length[FinancialData["Exchanges"]]
> 
> this should give the "total number of exchanges
> supported" [according to the Doc Center].
> 
> I get 66 instead of what the documentation says
> which is 85.  Is this an indication that
> Wolfram is pulling back from supporting FinancialData[] as originally conceived since the number of Exchanges that
> are now available has gone from 85 to 66?   

Don,

I am afraid this might be not of great help, but I got similar results 
when testing the expression on my system.

In[1]:= FinancialData["^DJI", "Name"]

Out[1]= Missing["NotAvailable"]

In[2]:= FinancialData["FMAGX", "Name"]

Out[2]= Missing["NotAvailable"]

In[3]:= Length[FinancialData["Exchanges"]]

Out[3]= 66

In[4]:= $Version

Out[4]= "6.0 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) (February 7, 2008)"

Regards,
-- Jean-Marc


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