Musings of a Fondue

Mechanize X TSX Listings

Original Date: October 30, 2014

I was curious if I could scrape share information from the Toronto Stock Exchange website using Mechanize.

After quite a bit of regex, I was able to write a script to do so.

How it works

1) The script visits the search page. It then requests a “name starts with” search for each of the keywords A-Z and 0-9.

2) For every company returned in the results,

4) It visits the respective company’s page, and extracts the information desired. In this case I was interested in the company’s symbol, name, previous close, market cap, sector, industry, and description.

Here is the code,


#!/usr/bin/env ruby

require 'rubygems'
require 'mechanize'
require 'nokogiri'
require 'open-uri'
require 'csv'

#-------------

$agent = Mechanize.new

$alldem = []

$yell_it = false  # show output in console

search_keywords = [ '0', '1', '2', '3', '4', '5', '6', '7', '8', '9',
                    'A', 'B', 'C', 'D', 'E', 'F', 'G', 'H', 'I', 'J', 'K', 'L', 
                    'M', 'N', 'O', 'P', 'Q', 'R', 'S', 'T', 'U', 'V', 'W', 'X', 'Y', 'Z' ]

partial_url = "http://www.tmxmoney.com/TMX/HttpController?GetPage=ListedCompanyDirectory&SearchCriteria=Name&SearchType=StartWith&SearchIsMarket=Yes&Market=T&Language=en&Page=1&SearchKeyword="


search_keywords.each do |kwd|

    page = $agent.get( partial_url + kwd )

    # ignores everything here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ticker_symbol#Canada) 
    # such as .DB .PR  ... with exception of .A  .B
    def getCompanyInfo (url)

        ### symbol, name, close, market_cap, sector, industry, description

        # get page
        page = $agent.get ( url )


        # get symbol and name
        combo = page.search(".qmCompanyName").text
        symbol = /(?<=\()[A-Z]+(?=\))/.match(combo).to_s    # ex. Bank of Nova Scotia (The) (BNS)   
        name = /.+(?=\s\([A-Z]+\))/.match(combo).to_s.gsub!(/\t/,'')
        if symbol === ''
            symbol = /(?<=\()[A-Z]+\.A(?=\))/.match(combo).to_s   # ex. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (BAM.A)
            name = /.+(?=\s\([A-Z]+\.A\))/.match(combo).to_s.gsub!(/\t/,'') 
            if symbol === ''
                symbol = /(?<=\()[A-Z]+\.B(?=\))/.match(combo).to_s   # ex. Shaw Communications Inc. (SJR.B)
                name = /.+(?=\s\([A-Z]+\.B\))/.match(combo).to_s.gsub!(/\t/,'') 
            end     
        elsif symbol === "PJC"    # Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. (The)  ....
            symbol = "PJC.A"
            name = "Jean Coutu Group"
        end

        if ($yell_it) then puts( symbol, name) end


        # get close
        close = page.search(".qm-last-date .last span").text.to_f

        if ($yell_it) then puts close end


        # get sector, industry, and description
        sector = '' , industry = '', description = ''
        meh = page.search("td.label")
        meh2 = page.search("td.data")
        meh.each_with_index do | l, i |
            if l.text.include? "Description"
                description = meh2[i].text
            elsif "Sector:" === l.text
                sector = meh2[i].text
            elsif "Industry:" === l.text
                industry = meh2[i].text     
            end
        end

        if ($yell_it) then puts( sector, industry, description ) end


        # get market_cap
        market_cap = ''
        partial_url = "http://web.tmxmoney.com/quote.php?qm_symbol="
        page = $agent.get ( partial_url + symbol )
        meh = page.search("td.label")
        meh2 = page.search("td.data")
        meh.each_with_index do | l, i |
            if "Market Cap:" === l.text
                market_cap = meh2[i].text.gsub!(',','').to_i    
            end
        end

        if ($yell_it) then puts market_cap end
        

        # append all
        if symbol != ''
            $alldem.push( [symbol, name, close, market_cap, sector, industry, description] )
        end
    end

    #-- Current page
    company_links = page.search(".symbolGroup a")    
    # h = company_links[2]["href"]

    company_links.each do |a|
        getCompanyInfo( a["href"])
    end

    #-- Go through all the pages returned
    while page.link_with(:text => /Next/)   
        page = $agent.click( page.link_with(:text => /Next/) )

        company_links = page.search(".symbolGroup a")  
        company_links.each do |a|
            getCompanyInfo( a["href"])

        end
    end
end

# CSV with all the data
CSV.open("le_listings.csv", "wb" ) do |csv|
    csv << ['symbol', 'name', 'close', 'market_cap', 'sector', 'industry', 'description']
    # csv << [symbol, name, close, market_cap, sector, industry, description]
    # csv << $alldem[0]
    for row in $alldem
        begin
            csv << row
        rescue
            row[6] = row[6].force_encoding('iso-8859-1').encode('utf-8')   #stackoverflow.com/a/7048129   #http://po-ru.com/diary/fixing-invalid-utf-8-in-ruby-revisited/
            csv << row
        end
    end
end

And the extracted data (for October 30, 2014) in CSV format

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Update (November 2015):

Screenshots added for clarity of what script does.

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