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Stock Widget shows wrong price

1022 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2006 10:51 PM by Peter Ordal RSS
R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (13,815 points)
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Dec 16, 2005 12:37 PM
Has anyone else noticed that the Stock Widget sometimes displays wildly inaccurate quotes for stock prices? This is not the result of delayed quotes or of yesterday's (or whenever's) quote 'sticking' because of a failed attempt to update them. What I'm talking about is a quote that is greatly outside the range of the stocks price fluctuations, including the values shown on the chart at the bottom of the widget.

An example: a stock that has never traded even briefly above 45 suddenly shows up at 58 for a while, even as its widget chart shows a reasonably correct current price, say 42. Independent checks of even minute-to-minute charts from financial web sites show the stock never has been anywhere near 58.
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  • scapesuiter Level 7 Level 7 (27,660 points)
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    Dec 16, 2005 9:43 PM (in response to R C-R)
    RC-R, if you think there is something wrong with the data, you should contact quote.com since the data comes from them.
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  • BriGuy Calculating status...
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    Jan 12, 2006 10:57 PM (in response to R C-R)
    Amen to this post! I also noticed the issue of incorrect, unreliable information on the Stocks widget, and so I don't trust it. What a bummer, because it's such a good idea, and I am surprised more people have not raised this issue.

    Here is my experience: When I check my price quotes after the US markets close, the prices displayed for my stocks and mutual funds are correct, but the daily price changes (ie, the plus or minus numbers) can be incorrect, and these daily price changes fluctuate almost every time I click in and out of Dashboard.

    Before you say, "Duh, that's just after-hours trading moves," remember that regular mutual funds do not trade after hours, so the daily price changes should be constant after the markets close. As for stocks, the daily closing price is given on the Stocks widget and does not change, so the daily price changes should not, either.

    From trying to divine the reason for these unfixed daily price changes, I noticed a pattern: that the price changes tend to show either the real daily price change (ie, the correct result), or the sum of the last two or three days' worth of price changes. Believe me, it didn't take long to see this pattern, so no, I didn't waste much time wondering and I do have a life.

    So, what is the answer, Apple and quotes.com, or other Stocks widget users? Why can't I get accurate, fixed daily price changes? The flucuations make me second-guess the closing prices, so I tend to rely on other sources for quotes. Again, what a bummer!
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  • douglb1 Calculating status...
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    Jan 13, 2006 2:44 PM (in response to R C-R)
    I to have noticed that problem with stock prices updating. However, I have found that if the preferences for that widget are changed the prices will update. Not a great workaround but hopefully this will be resolved in some sort of "security update".
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  • Peter Ordal Calculating status...
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    Jan 23, 2006 3:25 PM (in response to R C-R)
    I have the same problem as BriGuy. The prices are right, but the changes are not. For example, today Google (GOOG) is up 28.04 according to ETrade, MSN, and NYSE.com. (Big day.) But according to the widget, it is down 8.03.

    Actually, Quote.com lists the right dollar change, but has a percentage change of -3.73%. Which is what the widget says if you turn on show change as percentage. Why would quote.com show the stock is up in points but down in percentage?

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  • Peter Ordal Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jan 23, 2006 6:21 PM (in response to R C-R)
    But Google didn't close up 3.73%. It closed up 7.02%. I have no idea where 3.73% came from. Are you sure that the numbers you see are indeed right?

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  • Peter Ordal Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Jan 23, 2006 10:51 PM (in response to R C-R)
    Ok, we've seen the same behavior then I'm pretty sure. Let it just be known that the stocks widget is teh suck.

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    (P.S. This is now Apple bug 4419458)

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