I have a list of stock symbols which I selected with FinancialData["Menbers"] that looks like the following list:

allIndices={"^AGG-EU", "^AGG-IV", "^AGG-NV", "^AGG-SO","^EBT-SO"}

Now I would like to load the related name and exchange of these symbols using the following function:

indexMasterData =
    {FinancialData[#, "Symbol"], FinancialData[#, "Name"], 
      FinancialData[#, "Exchange"]}
     &, allIndices],
   {___, _Missing, ___} (* eliminates nested lists with Missing[
   "NotAvailable"] entries *)

The problem is, that Mathematica obviuosly does not know all symbols (even if the FinancialData function provides these symbols] and I get the following error message:

FinancialData::notent: "^EBT-SO" is not a known entity, class, or tag for "FinancialData". ... General::stop: "Further output of "FinancialData::notent will be suppressed during this calculation"

Why does Mathematica not know these elements anymore? How can I skip/ignore these elements in my function?

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    $\begingroup$ In my experience, the output of FinancialData (which is determined from calls to Yahoo finance) is rather unreliable. Calls that yieled data at one time, may return Missing some time later. For instance, a call like FinancialData["^GSPC", "Members"] used in the examples doesn't work for me at the time of writing. $\endgroup$ Mar 11, 2015 at 22:46
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, I've found the same @SjoerdC.deVries. I created a list of tickers two months back (for which data could be collected). When I run it now, there are plenty of errors. $\endgroup$
    – V.E.
    Mar 11, 2015 at 22:47
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    $\begingroup$ this will help mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/46760/66 $\endgroup$
    – faysou
    Mar 13, 2015 at 0:08
  • $\begingroup$ Warning: This stuff does not work any better in the Wolfram Finance Platform. $\endgroup$
    – Ghersic
    Jul 22, 2020 at 2:30

1 Answer 1


First off, those are not stock symbols. Tickers starting with ^ are indexes. (As an example, ^NYA is the NYSE Composite.)

I've found that when a ticker is not recognized, it's usually a "weird" ticker. I can not find ^EBT-SO on Yahoo Finance, while I can find ^AGG-EU. So ^EBT-SO is supposed to be an index, but unclear from where and what it measures. It's probably useless for your application, and can be discarded.

I run a test to see whether the data can be collected:

test = Quiet[Check[
   propertyReturn = FinancialData[name, type];
   , False]
If[test == False || propertyReturn == Missing["NotAvailable"],

If data could not be collected {} is returned, else you can go ahead and return the data.


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