When there is a need for quick and comprehensive financial data in R, quantmod comes to rescue. It was originally envisioned as a rapid prototyping environment to facilitate quantitative modeling, testing, and trading. Quantmod allows R to read data from CSV files, spreadsheets, databases, datasets of statistical packages, and from the web (Google, Yahoo, FRED, and others).
Here is a quick look on how precious metals performed in one year.
> library(quantmod) > getMetals(c('XPT', 'XAU','XAG'), from=Sys.Date()-365) > layout(matrix(1:3, nrow=3)) > chartSeries(XPTUSD, layout=NULL, TA=NULL) > chartSeries(XAUUSD, layout=NULL, TA=NULL) > chartSeries(XAGUSD, layout=NULL, TA=NULL) > layout(1)
> getFinancials("EMC") > viewFinancials(EMC.f)
> getSymbols("EMC") > chartSeries(EMC) > addBBands() > reChart(subset="2014", theme="white", type="candles")
Quick look at FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data from Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis) on Consumer Price Index –