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I wasn't aware of advFN until Sand105 pointed it out (thanks Sand!). I may write a little "scraper" to grab data off advFN pages. A cursory look seemed to provide all the basic income, cash, and balance data.

The add-in used by Sand105's template is open-source, so that should make it easy to do so.

I use a quick-and-dirty PHP routine to grab the data, since AdvFN has it in 5-period chunks. For example:

http://ogres-crypt.com/php/advfn-financials-all.php?per=a&get=20&wb=y&sym=MMM

"per=a" gives you annual periods; "per=q" gives you quarterly periods
"get=20" gets you 20 periods, you can get as many as they have available, but more take longer
"wb=y" places the output into EXCEL; "wb=n" displays in in the browser
"sym=" specifies the ticker symbol

The PHP code isn't all that complicated:

include 'subroutines.php';

$sym = isset($_GET['sym']) ? $_GET['sym'] : 'MMM';
$per = isset($_GET['per']) ? $_GET['per'] : 'q';
$get = isset($_GET['get']) ? $_GET['get'] : 999;
$wb = isset($_GET['wb']) ? $_GET['wb'] : 'n';
$btn = ($per == 'q') ? 'quarterly' : 'annual';
$start = ($per == 'q') ? '&istart_date=' : '&start_date=';
$url = 'http://www.advfn.com/p.php?pid=financials&btn='.$btn
. '_reports&symbol='.$sym;

$data = file_get_contents($url);
$pattern = '/value=\'(.*?)\' selected>/';
preg_match_all($pattern, $data, $matches);
$ndx = $matches[1][1] + 4;
$beg = $ndx - $get + 1;
if ($beg < 0) $beg = 0;

$html = '<b->Ticker: '.$sym.'</b-><hr><table><tr>';
for($ptr = $beg; $ptr <= $ndx; $ptr = $ptr + 5) {
$data = file_get_contents($url.$start.$ptr);
$data2 = fExtr($data, -1, '>INDICATORS<', 1, '>INDICATORS<');
$html .= '<td>'.$data2.'</td>';
}

if ($wb == 'y') header('Content-Type: application/vnd.ms-excel');
echo $html.'</tr></table>';
Note the "<b->" and "</b->" that need to be fixed because of TMF markup when I posted. I believe the fExtr() function is the only one used from the included subroutine library:


//===============================================================
//* Finds start or end of HTML table by <TABLE or </TABLE tags
//===============================================================
function fTable($data, $which, $dir, $find) {
$len = strlen($data);
$datac = strtoupper($data);
$datar = strrev($datac);
$pos = strpos($datac, strtoupper($find));
$which = strtoupper($which);
switch(TRUE) {
case ($which == "<TABLE" && $dir < 0): $offset = -6; break;
case ($which == "<TABLE" ): $offset = 0; break;
case ($which == "</TABLE" && $dir > 0): $offset = 8; break;
case ($which == "</TABLE" ): $offset = 0; break;
}
while ($dir > 0):
$pos = strpos($datac, $which, $pos) + $offset;
$dir = $dir - 1;
endwhile;
while ($dir < 0):
$pos = $len - strpos($datar, strrev($which), $len - $pos) + $offset;
$dir = $dir + 1;
endwhile;
return $pos;
}

//===============================================================
//* Extracts a table from a web page
//===============================================================
function fExtr($data, $dir1, $find1, $dir2, $find2) {
$pos1 = fTable($data, "<TABLE", $dir1, $find1);
if ($find2 == '') $find2 = $find1;
$pos2 = fTable($data, "</TABLE", $dir2, $find2);
return substr($data, $pos1, $pos2 - $pos1);
}
I had someone ask to do something similar for the financial statements on Fidelity (which they use for "Magic Formula" calculations):

http://ogres-crypt.com/php/fidelity-financials-all.php?per=a&wb=y&sym=MMM
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