# find the stock trading value for a given ticker symbol
# tested with Python25
def extract(text, sub1, sub2):
extract a substring from text between first
occurances of substrings sub1 and sub2
return text.split(sub1, 1)[-1].split(sub2, 1)
ticker = 'GE'
url = 'http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s='+ticker
fh = urllib2.urlopen(url)
ticker_html = fh.read()
#most accurate (I played around with the code)
for line in ticker_html.split('><'):
if 'id="yfs_l10_' in line:
print(extract(line, '>', '<'))
Oh, and do you know of a quicker way to get the information?
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