Price Update Problems?



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Charlie K said the following on 7/3/2007 6:05 PM:

Google has been improving their financial page which is, of course, free. While this doesn't fix the problem with Quicken, it is a place to check when Intuit has failed again to provide a reliable quote download. Perhaps in the future price downloads will be free for the taking.
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wrote:

I see that you can but I haven't tried it yet.
I found no documentation of the format of the ASCII CSV file record. I'd guess that it might be as simple as date,symbol,price but could it handle open/close, volume, etc?
Documentation is sparse as far as I can see. If you have any info on this I'd like to hear it. Although most prices update most of the time without a problem, there are a few securities I have that Quicken just does not get right and I'd like to import a block of prices manually.
Thanks.
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Yawn, you can import in Q2007 also.

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Try a a free little program called "Netstock". It will retrieve the prices and export them in Quicken format to then be imported into Quicken. I have used it for years and I get my updates daily when the Quicken servers are not working (which is very often nowadays). It can be found at http://www.splitcycle.com

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Steve Blake wrote:

I tried it out today (July 4th): basically, I like it.
But by coincidence of the date, I think I uncovered a bug in Netstock: although it displays prices dated 7/3, it creates a Quicken comma delimited file with prices dated 7/4. A problem that has a somewhat familiar ring to it. ;)
[I left a message with the developer; it seems like a problem that could be easy to solve. And a workaround of having Wordpad replace all "7/4" with "7/3" allowed the prices to be imported into Quicken for the correct date.]
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I think it puts the current days date in the export. Did you create the export file on the 4th with the 3rd prices?
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Steve Blake wrote:

I agree ... for the Quicken export.
But it used the correct date (July 3 - the actual date of the prices) when it did a "Full Export".

Yes.
That's exactly what the problem was. Netstock had prices clearly displayed as dated July 3 (even though they were acquired on July 4); but when Netstock exported to a file for Quicken, it elected to use the current date instead of the date of the prices it had.
My guess is that it is a simple oversight that Netstock did not put the date of the prices in its "Quicken export" ... since it did put the date of those prices in its "Full export".
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wrote:

I just downloaded it and tried installing it, but the installation failed with the message
FindFirstFile() failed with error #21.
Perhaps it's a Vista issue. Do you know whether it will run under Vista?
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Do not know about Vista. Still on XP Pro.
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OK, thanks anyway.

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Hi, Ken.
Runs fine on Vista Ultimate x64 - even though the download page says it is "(32 bit version, Win95, Win98, NT, 2000 & XP)". ;<)
Downloaded and installed smoothly. I added about a dozen stocks and got their quotes. When I exited the first time, I got Vista's screen that it "might not have installed properly". I just took the easy way out and clicked to "install again with recommended settings". In a few seconds, the window was there again, with the stocks that I had just entered.
Five minutes of playing with it doesn't prove anything, of course, but so far, so good!
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wrote:

Thanks, RC. I'll try it again.
Ken

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On Fri, 06 Jul 2007 12:33:48 -0700, Ken Blake

I redownloaded it--the zip file this time instead of the exe--and it seems fine. Thanks again.
How do you use the Quicken Export feature? What do you do with the prices.txt (or whatever name) file it creates?

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In Quicken, in the Investement Center screen, pull down file/import/import prices. Point to the prices.txt that netstock created.

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Great, thanks. I don't need to do that today, but I'll keep that in mind for when I need to do so.

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wrote:

I've also used this little freeware program for years with no problems. Works so well I've never bothered with the Q download
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I also found a spurious quote for one of my stocks. The quote was for 1/10/2010!
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Bruce bowman said the following on 6/30/2007 8:00 AM:

I don't think we can blame this all on Quicken or Intuit. The software is working just fine. What seems to be broken is the quote downloads. I'm amazed that the number 1 financial program would have such poor customer support. If Microsoft needed an edge to break into the market, this is certainly an opportunity.
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This is an integral part of this program and if Intuit can't get the quotes right, then it IS Quicken's problem. They can change their vendor or issue a program upate to get the quotes from any of numerous on-line sources. Shame on Intuit. This has gone on long enough.

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