I tried to modify an old notebook to show a spreadsheet style output in a table. I am not getting any errors when it runs, so I think the data I am gathering and the new variables I added, t and y, are there correctly. I removed the colored aspect to try and simplify things. I get lost when I try to add data to the list2 variable. Can anyone help me get this to work properly?

stock = {"AAPL", "FB", "BAC", "TWTR", "IBM"};
stocks = {"AAPL", "FB", "BAC", "TWTR", "IBM"};
fields = {"Close", "5ema", "5ema[1]"};
tablefillnew[stock_] :=
 (list = {data = 
       FinancialData[#, "Close", {{DatePlus[-60], DatePlus[-1]}}]; 
      FinancialData[#, "Close"], 
      ema = FinancialIndicator["ExponentialMovingAverage", 5] #;
      t = Take[ema, {1}]; y = Take[ema {2}];} & /@ stock; 
  list2 = Table[{colored[[ii]], list[[ii, 2]]}, {ii, 1, Length[list]}];
  TableForm[list2, TableHeadings -> {stocks, fields}

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There are a lot of syntax errors and general messiness in this code. My proxy server won't let me download FinancialData at the moment, so I can't test this completely, but several things you should note:

  • intermediate variables should localised using Module.
  • syntax error: y = Take[ema {2}] should be y = Take[ema, {2}] or just ema[[2]].
  • FinancialIndicator["ExponentialMovingAverage", 5] #; doesn't work that way - it works inside things like TradingChart. You are better off just using the built-in ExponentialMovingAverage, after stripping off the dates.
  • it's no wonder you are confused with all the definitions inside definitions. Try making your code a bit less nested.
  • there seems to have been unnecessarily doubled braces in the definition of data
  • without knowing what coloured did, it is hard to work out what to replace it with.

Here is a simplified version that should work. Notice that I have made fields a parameter so you can change your preferred functions. I have used pattern matching to check that the data you pass to the function are what you expect (lists of strings). I have used Part ([[]]) instead of Take to simplify getting the bits of the exponential moving average. And instead of building up the table row by row using Table, I just use Transpose.

tablefillnew[stocklist:{__String}, fields:{__String}] :=
 Module[{data, ema, closeprices},
  data = FinancialData[#, "Close", {DatePlus[-60], DatePlus[-1]}] & /@ stocklist;
  closeprices = FinancialData[#, "Close"] & /@ stocklist; 
(* latest close not close for previous day:  they could be different *)
  ema = ExponentialMovingAverage[#[[All, 2]], 5] & /@ data;
  TableForm[Transpose[{closeprices, ema[[All, 1]], ema[[All, 2]]}], 
   TableHeadings -> {stocklist, fields}]] 
  • $\begingroup$ Hi Verbeia Thank you very much for your reply! Your rewrite is much clearer as to what the code is doing. :) I added the issues to a list called stocklist and can't seem to get any output from it. The colored variable was just coloring blue or green based on whether the price was above or below $20. But it hurt the clarity of the code too much. $\endgroup$
    – ChrisF
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 12:21
  • $\begingroup$ stocklist = {"AAPL", "FB", "BAC", "TWTR", "IBM"}; fields = {"Close", "5ema", "5ema[1]"}; tablefillnew[stocklist : {__String}, fields : {__String}] := Module[{data, ema, closeprices}, data = FinancialData[#, "Close", {{DatePlus[-60], DatePlus[-1]}}] & /@ stocklist; closeprices = FinancialData[#, "Close"] & /@ stocklist;(latest close not close for previous day: they could be different) ema = ExponentialMovingAverage[#, 5] & /@ data; TableForm[Transpose[{closeprices, ema[[All, 1]], ema[[All, 2]]}], TableHeadings -> {stocklist, fields}]] $\endgroup$
    – ChrisF
    Commented Dec 4, 2014 at 12:23

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