In this guide, we'll import company revenue, EPS and financial ratios from the Alpha Vantage API to Airtable. We will use the Data Fetcher Airtable extension to connect to Alpha Vantage without the need for code.
Create a table in your base called 'Stocks'. If you've already got a table with your stock tickers/ symbols in, you can use that instead.
Change the name of the primary field to 'Symbol'. Add the stock symbols/tickers you want to import revenue data for, e.g. 'IBM', as records in this table.
Install Data Fetcher from the Airtable marketplace. After the extension launches, sign up for a free Data Fetcher account by entering a password and clicking 'Sign up for free'. If you already have a Data Fetcher account, sign in using the 'Have an account?' button at the bottom left of the box.
On the home screen of the Data Fetcher extension, click 'Create your first request'. Requests in Data Fetcher are how you import data to or send data from your Airtable base.
On the create request screen in Data Fetcher, for Application, select 'Alpha Vantage'.
Next, you need an Alpha Vantage API key. You can sign up for one here.
Enter this key into the API Key input in Data Fetcher.
For Endpoint, select 'Company overview - company info, financial ratios, and other key metrics'.
Enter a Name for your request, e.g. 'Import Company Data'.
For Stock symbol, we want to insert a reference to our 'Stock symbol' field. First click the + button.
Then, on the modal that opens, select 'Stocks' for Table, 'Symbol' for Field, 'Grid view' for Run for every record in view. Then click 'Confirm'.
Stock symbol should now contain a reference to the table.
Select the Output Table & View you want to import stock prices into.
Alpha Vantage's free stocks API has a rate limit of 5 per minute, so we need to make sure we do not exceed this. Click 'Advanced settings' to open the advanced settings. Then scroll down to Rate Limit (requests per minute) and enter '5'. You can buy a premium Alpha Vantage plan to increase this limit.
Click 'Save & Run'.
The request will run and the Response field mapping modal will open. This is where you set how the different revenue fields should map to the fields in the output table. You can search for fields by typing in the 'Find field' search bar.
In order to import company revenue, EPS and financial ratios, import the following fields:
Revenue TTM refers to a company's revenue over 'trailing twelve months' ie. the past twelve-month period. It is useful for determining a company's top-line growth.
EPS stands for 'Earnings Per Share' and is the portion of a company’s profit that is allocated to each individual share. It is calculated by dividing the company’s net income by its total number of outstanding shares.
'Gross profit ttm'
Gross profit TTM refers to the gross profit of a company over 'Trailing Twelve Months' ie. the past twelve month period. Gross profit means the profit a company makes after deducting all costs and expenses.
EBITDA stands for 'Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization', It is a formula used as a key indicator of a company's profitability.
'Price to book ratio'
Price to book ratio is used to compare a company's current market value to its book value. It's calculated by dividing the company's stock price per share by its book value per share (BVPS).
For each field, you can either import or filter it. For an imported field, you can set whether to map it to an existing field or create a new field, as well as set the Airtable field type using the dropdown.
Click 'Save & Run'.
Data Fetcher will create any fields that need to be created in the output table, then run the request again for each symbol and import the company revenue, EPS and financial ratios into Airtable. You can now view your output table.
At the moment, we have to manually run the request to import the financial data from Alpha Vantage. We can use Data Fetcher's scheduled requests feature to automatically import them every 15 minutes/ hour/ day etc.
In Data Fetcher, scroll to Schedule and click 'Upgrade'.
A new tab will open where you can select a plan and enter your payment details to upgrade.
Return to the Data Fetcher extension and click "I've done this".
Click 'Add API key' in order to add your Airtable API key. You can find your Airtable API key here.
Enter your Airtable API key and click 'Save'.
Enable Schedule this request.
Select how often you want the request to run, e.g. 'Every 15 mins'. Click 'Save' The request will now run on the schedule and import the financial data finto Airtable automatically.