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Dividends in Matlab fetch resolved
Posted: Nov 23, 2012 8:14 AM
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Hello all
Here is the code to retrieve dividend information from yahoo (make it simple).
% Input
% Ticker : Must be in string format ('SAN.MC)
% StartDate and EndDate format:'01 Jan 2000'
% Output
% Dividend : Dividend vector information
% Autor: Mauricio Bedoya (

% Observation
% You can introduce a new parameter in the function and search data in the
% different database of yahoo. For example:
% data = =dividendyahoo(Ticker,StartDate,EndDate,Database)
% Database: 'v' for dividends
% 'd' daily data
% 'w' weekly data
% 'm' monhtly data
% However, the output must be organice according to number of columns.

clear M1 M2 D1 D2 Y1 Y2

% Error check
if nargin ~= 3
error([mfilename,'Incorrect data input elements'])
if (~ischar(Ticker) || ~ischar(StartDate) ||~ischar(EndDate))
error([mfilename,'No valid stock symbol provided, please provide one (string)'])
if (datenum(EndDate)-datenum(StartDate) <= 0)
error([mfilename,'Invalid StarDate and EndDate expressions'])

%Define sql query elements
database = 'v'; %Database to search dividend information
[Y1 M1 D1] = datevec(StartDate);
M1 = M1-1; %January is month zero according to yahoo
if M1 < 10
M1 = ['0',num2str(M1)];
[Y2 M2 D2] = datevec(EndDate);
M2 = M2-1; %January is month zero according to yahoo
if M2 < 10
url = ['',Ticker,'&a=',M1,'&b=',num2str(D1), ...

%get data
[gfdata, gfstatus] = urlread(url);

if gfstatus

%Organice the data with coma delimeter
scandata = textscan(gfdata,'%s%s','delimiter',','); = scandata{1};
data.div = scandata{2};
error(['Unable to retrieve data from Yahoo Finance for ',Ticker])

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