To get the current market price of a stock, you can use the "Stocks" Data Type and a simple formula. In the example shown, Data Types are in column B, and the formula in cell D5, copied down, is:


The result in column C is the current price for each of the stock Data Types in column B. These prices will change when the Data Type is refreshed.

Note: you can use the STOCKHISTORY function to get the last available close price and other historical pricing at daily, weekly, and monthly intervals. The STOCKHISTORY function is a "pure" formula approach, the approach described here requires the Stocks Data Type.

Generic formula



In this example, the goal is to retrieve the current stock price for the companies listed in Column B. Note these cells in the range B5:B16 have already been converted to the "Stocks" Data Type. Once the Stocks Data Type is available on the worksheet, you can retrieve various information using the simple formulas described below. These formulas follow a "dot" syntax like this:


With a valid Data Type in A1, Excel will automatically display available fields once the "." is typed.

Note: the Stocks Data Type is only available in Excel 365.

Previous close

The formula for "Last close" in column C is:

=B5.[Previous close]

Notice the field name "Previous close" is enclosed in square brackets. This is a requirement for any field name that contains a space character.

Current Price

The formula for "Last close" in column D is:


Change %

The formula for "Change %" in column E is:

=B5.[Change (%)]

This is equivalent to the manual formula:

=(D5-C5)/C5 // manual change %


The FIELDVALUE function can also be used as an alternative to the "dot" syntax formulas above. The equivalent formulas are:

=FIELDVALUE(B5,"Previous close")
=FIELDVALUE(B5,"Change (%)")

Notice square brackets are not required, but the field names are enclosed in double quotes ("").

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