Analyzing Stocks in Google Sheets Using Google Finance

Hello everyone, welcome back to another post. Today, I want to discuss the Google Finance function in Google Sheets. This function plays a significant role as it allows you to analyze stocks and perform various tasks. Let me demonstrate its functionality by using three well-known stocks: Amazon, Apple, and Tesla.

Google Finance

Now, let’s explore how Google Finance works. To analyze a specific attribute, you need to input the ticker symbol and the attribute you wish to examine. Here, I have listed several attributes such as the company name, current price, price-to-earnings ratio, 52-week high, and 52-week low.

To begin, let’s focus on Amazon. We’ll start by entering the company name using the Google Finance function. Type “=” followed by the function, then provide the ticker symbol (you can either type it within quotation marks or click on it directly). In this case, we’ll use the ticker symbol for Amazon, so we’ll click on it and add a comma.

Next, specify the attribute you want to retrieve, which in this case is the company name. You can either type it within quotation marks or click on it directly. Since we’ll be dragging this formula down for the other two stocks, let’s use quotations and type “name.” Press enter to execute the function.

You’ll see that it takes a moment to load as it provides you with up-to-date statistics. Please note that some data, like the price, may be delayed by up to 20 minutes. However, the company name is usually available promptly.

Attribute

To retrieve the remaining attributes such as price, price-to-earnings ratio, 52-week high, and 52-week low, follow these steps:

  1. Start by typing “=” to begin the formula.
  2. Enter “Google Finance” as the function.
  3. Specify the ticker symbol, which in this case is “Amazon.”
  4. For the attribute, click on the cell that contains the attribute name, such as “price.” Press enter to display the price of Amazon.
  5. To ensure that the cell reference stays fixed when dragging the formula across, use dollar signs before the column and row references in the cell reference. For example, use “$A$3” to lock the reference to cell A3.
  6. Drag the formula across to retrieve the other attributes, such as price-to-earnings ratio, 52-week high, and 52-week low. The dollar signs in the cell reference will keep the ticker symbol constant while the attribute changes.
  7. Repeat the same process for other stocks like Apple and Tesla, specifying the appropriate ticker symbols and attributes.
  8. Use dollar signs to lock the cell reference for the ticker symbol while dragging the formula across.
  9. Compare the attributes among the different stocks.

To further explore Google Finance, there are additional attributes you can use. For example, to retrieve historical prices within a specific time interval, follow these steps:

  1. Start with the formula “=Google Finance” again.
  2. Specify the ticker symbol, such as “Tesla.”
  3. For the attribute, enter “price.”
  4. To set the time interval, enter the start date and end date in quotation marks. For example, “2/7/2021” represents February 7, 2021.
  5. To set the end date as today, use the keyword “today” enclosed in parentheses, like “today().” This ensures that the formula always fetches the current date.
  6. Specify the desired interval, such as “weekly,” to retrieve the weekly prices of Tesla for each week since a year ago.

These instructions provide a basic understanding of how to use Google Finance in Google Sheets. You can explore more attributes and customize the formulas to suit your specific needs.

Weekly Price

It may seem like a lot of information, but it’s actually quite simple once you understand it. The formula we just used will populate all the cells below it, providing us with the date and price for each week in the past year. Press enter to execute the formula, and it may take a moment to load.

As you can see, the result includes the date, time when the market closes, and the closing price for each week in the past year. Now, let’s create a quick chart to demonstrate the possibilities with this data.

There you have it! It’s a quick, simple, and effective way to analyze stocks.

Other attributes

Now, there are numerous attributes you can use beyond just the price, 52-week high, and 52-week low. You can find attributes such as volume, market capitalization, earnings per share, yesterday’s closing price, and the number of outstanding shares. There are many different things you can explore. You can find more information about these attributes on the support.google.com website, which lists all of them. Additionally, for mutual funds, there are different attributes available, including one-week return, four-week return, 13.52-week return, dividends, capital gain, and even Morningstar rating. These attributes provide real-time information specific to mutual funds.

Another interesting option is historical attributes. Let’s take a quick look at them. Using the formula “=Google Finance” again, specify the ticker symbol as “Tesla” within quotation marks. For the attribute, let’s use “open” to retrieve the opening price for a specific date. Set the interval as the last month, starting from January 27, 2021, to today. Press enter, and you’ll see the opening prices of Tesla for each day over the past month.

You can also retrieve other attributes like close, high, low, and volume by changing the attribute in the formula. Additionally, if you use the attribute “all,” it populates a whole data table with all the available attributes.

Today, we covered some of the basics of the Google Finance function. With a basic understanding, you can explore different attributes and modify the function to suit your needs. This function is not only useful for analyzing stocks but also for creating various charts to gain a better understanding of where stocks stand. Thank you for watching, and I genuinely appreciate your time.

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