Stock Quote Sidebar

Update:  Now hosted at – please rate the plugin there if you like it!  This page will still be updated, and comments are welcome here.

Important Note:  Yahoo no longer provides the Dow Jones Industrial Average in downloadable format, due to restrictions imposed by Dow Jones.  Therefore, you will not be able to include ^DJI or INDU in your quotes list.  There is currently no workaround.

This is a WordPress plugin that allows you to put a list of stock quotes in your sidebar (or anywhere you want, really). This should be considered beta software, although I’ve been using it without problems for a while, as you can see in my sidebar. I have a different plugin that allows inline stock quote tooltips – check that out here.

Unzip into your WordPress plugins directory, which should result in a directory called sqsidebar. Enable the StockQuoteSB plugin in the Admin page. Configure the plugin under WordPress Options, Stock Quote Sidebar.

Then, wherever you want the quotes to appear, put in code like the following, depending on what quotes you want:
<?php get_stock_quote(); ?>

You can also override the symbols configured in WordPress options by explicitly calling get_stock_quote with the symbols as parameters:

<?php get_stock_quote("NOVL,PFE,INTC"); ?>

The options allow you to specify the following:

  • Yahoo URLs to use for quotes and charts
  • Chart range (1 day, 5 day, etc)
  • Date and time format
  • Number of randomly selected quotes to display
  • Whether to display the symbol or the company name

A chart is displayed in a tooltip when you mouse-over the day’s change.

As of version 1.2, cURL is used to download quote data.  Accordingly, cURL must be available and enabled in your PHP environment.

Version 1.3 fixes the issue caused by Yahoo changing the URL for stock data downloads. Existing users will need to download version 1.3 or later, and change the URLs in the plugin’s options to NOT include the “http://” portion. For example, enter and NOT

Versions 1.4 and later use a different plugin directory, due to the way the SVN downloads work from

This plugin has been tested with WordPress 1.5 and later.
Please leave feedback or let me know of any problems below.

This is free software, but donations are accepted in the sidebar.

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