As you are aware, on November 2 Yahoo Finance disabled the URL that allowed direct querying for quote data. The feature was originally designed for single use at a small scale, allowing users to issue quote lookup queries and receive structured data in return. However, we and our data providing partners have found that commercial entities are accessing this data at high rates and scale, often in order to resell the data or to provide revenue generating services with the data access as a core value proposition.
We have made multiple unsuccessful attempts to prevent misuse of this service in order to avoid shutting it down completely. However we were unable to stop the misuse. We have longstanding agreements and relationships with our data providers, and this commercial use of the data violated those agreements. By continuing to provide the download service we were putting our data relationships at risk and in turn threatening our ability to provide the most significant part of Yahoo Finance to our more than 75 million users each month.
We are sorry for any inconvenience the discontinuance of this service has caused. However, we continue to offer unparalleled free financial data access from both our Apps and our Sites. We provide tools to allow you to create multiple watchlists of ticker symbols and track them in great detail. We are adding to our data offerings regularly. Within the last month we incorporated a new source of data on companies' Environment, Social, and Governance performance and we have expanded global coverage to include the Johannesburg, Saudi Arabia and Qatar exchanges. There will be more goodness to come.
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Thank you for your continued support.
- Yahoo Finance Team
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