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For example, if I wanted to compare a list of equities inside of a very small segment of the global economy (say, the members of the Emerging AgroSphere ETF) I'd want to know their full names, their country of origin/headquarters, market capitalization, TTM current net income, TTM revenue, TTM FCF, Long Term Debt, Cash & Cash Equivalents, etc. Its nice to get all that information on one page for side by side comparisons of large lists of companies.

Several times in the past year, I've done this type of spreadsheet population by hand. Its been interesting as I always end up picking up more relevant information in my research, but I need a more efficient solution.

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  • Yahoo Finance can do this with its Portflio feature, but I'm not able to add stocks to its lists (website hangs indefinitely and/or is unresponsive after trying to add), so this is not a viable solution currently.
  • FinViz seems like another possible solution, but it isn't able to pull data on smaller cap stocks, like the first one on the list, Aphria ($APHQF). It also doesn't allow bulk entry of stock symbols, and furthermore asks (and requires in order to submit form) for a date, price and number of shares that I "bought" for each. So even if it could pull all the data I need, I'd have to spoof holding information. So this one is not the right tool for the job for several reasons.
  • Just found out Gurufocus.com allows you to select "Compare" rather than "Search" from the dropdown in its Search bar in the top left corner of the page. The website is slow, but the feature is available in free and (of course) premium versions. This seems like a google way to go for now. I'd delete this question if gurufocus.com wasn't so slow.
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  • $\begingroup$ What about the Yahoo finance library for python? You could read a list if stocks and ver their data and the export to Excel. $\endgroup$ – Jose Pedro Melo Jan 23 '18 at 0:52
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The Google Finance API for Python will be able to do this, and the process of writing it out to a Spreadsheet will be relatively trivial (e.g. pandas XlsxWriter, or openpyxl if you want to get fancy with formatting). However the quality and coverage varies a bit, and you may find some anomalies and/or missing data. https://pypi.python.org/pypi/googlefinance.client/1.3.0

An alternative if you want higher quality data is Quandl, which has a very good API and you can buy different data sets depending on what you want. https://www.quandl.com/tools/python

For both, you will need to do a bit of sorting/pivoting to get all the current cross section to line up nicely, but that should do the trick for simple requests.

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GuruFocus.com's "Compare" tool is exactly what I was looking for. It is available (probably in some limited form) to free as well as premium users.

To access it, click on the dropdown in the top left search bar and select "Compare". enter image description here

Note: GuruFocus.com appears to be suffering from a growth in popularity that is outpacing its ability to serve data to users expediently, so (currently) the website is often very slow, even for premium users.

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