by QMatix

Delivering the Stock Market to Excel


What is the difference?



xlq2 requires a valid and up to date xlq2 license to run.

If you wish to run a trial of xlq2 you may request a 3 week temporary license by emailing

Unlike xlq (xlqLite / xlqPlus), xlq2 will not run as a trial version without a license, and will not continue to function after the license has expired.

It is not possible to use xlq2 with an xlqPlus/xlqLite license, but it is possible to use xlq with an xlq2 license, in which case it functions exactly like an xlqPlus license and may be used expired (with version released prior to expiry date).

You may upgrade from a valid and current xlqPlus license, and extend the license yearly using the reduced renewal rate.



xlq2 has all features of xlqPlus and more. xlq and xlq2 are compatible. Everything designed with xlq will work in xlq2, and everything designed in xlq2 will work in xlq (except for xlq2 specific features).

xlq has been designed and optimized since 2000 and has stood the test of time. xlq2 has been in development since 2011 as an alternative to better handle more data, faster and to lay the ground work for extra functionality difficult to implement in the existing design.

Over time many improvements from xlq2 have found their way into xlq, and both share common functionality but core designs continue to differ.

In short, data storage, memory, thread handling and processing are different. This allows xlq2 to do more simultaneously with the same data allowing for more complex processing, providing faster access, more possibilities and already lays the groundwork for new features.


Which should I use?

xlq is already very fast and robust. If it covers your needs then it would remain the choice and you would likely not notice much difference to using xlq2. If you feel you are only using a fraction of xlq or getting started then xlq is the recommended choice.

But if you feel you are pushing excel / xlq to the limit, performing more complex analysis, require more processing power, need to work with more data or require features build on and into xlq2 then xlq2 is the recommended choice.

To make full use of the new engine, in partnership with Norgate Data, xlq2 supports NDU as a subscription source bringing many new possibilities, some being outlined in the examples below. (A subscription to Norgate Data is not needed to use xlq2 but would be required to access their data).

Both xlq and xlq2 will continue to be developed and improved, and the different designs and licensing will allow for the inclusion of more advanced features and feeds for those who need them, allowing everyone to choose a solution which best covers their requirements.

The Data Engine / Views

xlq2 historic view 


With xlq2, all views relating to historic data will now allow you to filter the data per column, as is shown in the above image of the historic view. It is possible to filter on multiple columns and different criteria.

Enhanced Historic View

In addition to filters, the historic view now also shows all symbols for the source, which can be selected one after the other, and also be filtered. Additional Tabs also show detailed dividend and split information (depending on source). Data may be viewed as dividend and split adjusted, split adjusted, or unadjusted.

New Historic Period View

In xlq2 it is also possible to view the data by calendar day (or week or month).

Norgate Data View

If using Norgate Data as the source it is possible to view and query information on all symbols that are available to you, along with detailed descriptions, including for delisted symbols.

In Excel

To support the additional data from Norgate Data, a number of new formulae have been added to xlq2, included in the new sample spreadsheet, xlq2Demo.xlsx, installed with xlq2. The below images are all taken from xlq2Demo.xlsx

The following new Norgate data sources can be used (requiring related data subscriptions)


It is possible to reference symbols in xlq for the source as !1, !2 for macros etc, e.g.=xlqhSymbol("!1","norgate-us")

Data from  Norgate Data is adjusted as per the preferences settings, but it is also  possible to get specific adjusted data by prefixing the symbol as follows:

} Adjusted for Splits
~ Adjusted For Splits and Dividends
] No Adjustments

The following new basic formulae are supported

Name xlqhName
Exchange xlqhExchange
Description xlqhDescription
First Date xlqhAvailableFirstDate
Last Date xlqhAvailableLastDate
Record Count xlqhAvailableRecordCount
Asset Type xlqhAssetType
Currency xlqhCurrency
Dividend Rate xlqhDividendRate
franked pcnt xlqhFrankedPcnt (AU only)
short sell xlqhShortSell
expirydate xlqhExpiryDate
exercise price xlqhExercisePrice
exercise type xlqhExerciseType
sharespercontract xlqhSharesPerContract
issue xlqhIssue

New formulae for Splits and Dividends

Dividend Date xlqhDividendDate
Dividend Paid Date xlqhDividendPaidDate
Dividend Amount xlqhDividendAmount
Dividend Type xlqhDividendType
Split Date xlqhSplitDate
Split Factor xlqhSplitFactor
Split Reason xlqhSplitReason
Split Type xlqhSplitType


Financials / Fundamentals via xlqhNorgate

In addition, over 150 data fields are returned via xlqhNorgate, covering
fundamentals referencing the current price
trailing 12 month fundamentals
Most recent quarter/interim reporting period
Most recent completed fiscal year
Broker Consensus Forecasts/Projections

For the complete list see xlq2Demo.xlsx



Indexes and Constituents

It is also possible to obtain the constituent list of certain indexes (current or also including historic symbols) as well as the list of indexes a symbol belongs to. It is also possible to check if a symbol was part of an index on a specific day


Historic and Day data are also supported from IEX (no cost or subscription), with new views and formulae added to support the extra data

Note IEX have announced that they will be ending their free data service around the middle of 2019 and the service currently available will be removed afterwards. As they develop their replacement service, I am working with them to determine what and how best to support it. If IEX data is of interest to you, please let me know what you would like to see for any future support.





Historic data with a difference. Data is downloaded per exchange and per market day, covering US and Canadian equities, indexes and options.

Your Stockwatch account would need to be active, with at least a "Intermediate subscription" and your sign in information entered into xlq preferences. You would also need to choose the exchanges you want data for and the number of days to retrieve.

If you are new to Stockwatch, you may subscribe or see more info here: (





15 March 2019

XLQ 6.4 released

  • Stockwatch - new source with a difference.
  • CoinMarketCap - again supported via their new service
  • InteractiveBrokers - latest API supported.
  • SuperTrend - new formulae.
  • Improved Real-time / day data handling.
  • More. >>

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Purchase xlq2 for $299

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User Comments

Wow, you did a lot of work on this version. New interface and other things as well. I must give you credit for being the most responsive software engineer that I've ever encountered. Every question that I've sent you over the many years (since 2003!!!) has been answered quickly and professionally. I just wanted to let you know that it is appreciated.

- M.N.

I have to say Leo that the last two versions have made some tremendous improvements to what has been for years an outstanding application. Thank you for your continued efforts.

- C.A.

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- R.S.

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- P.G.

In only 40 some days XLQ has helped me with a number of research projects I couldn't possibly have done without it and I'm now using it to help manage and track current trades and to alert me to potential new trades.

- D.P.

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for creating XLQ. I use it regularly for scanning/monitoring securities in Excel 2007.  I have programmed in trailing stops for securities I own and numerous techniques using indicators for securities on my watch list. The combination of Excel 2007 and XLQ has opened up nearly an unlimited capability that is only constrained by my imagination.

- E.H.

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- R.B.

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- R.G.

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- A.D.

I was halfway resigned to have to program something like this myself. Only it would have taken me forever, and I couldn't have done it half as well. Thanks!

- M.S.

I also want to thank you for making the XLQ program. It is something that is very useful and incredible helpful. Like it was made for my needs.

- J.T.

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- W.H.

First, I want to say that your program is probably the finest piece of work I have ever seen. The depth is simply amazing. Congratulations and thanks.

- D.B.

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- B.H.

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- C.B.

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- M.Y.

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- H.S.

I really appreciate your quick responses. And your program is terrific. The Plus version adds a lot with it‘s AAII interface. I’ll definitely register it since in the last week it has become an indispensable part of my stock analysis.

- R.S.

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- D.B.

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- D.H.

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- R.H.

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- F.D.

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- P.S.

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- D.T.

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- T.K.

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- L.S.

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- W.H.

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- C.A.

Your software is on its way to becoming the only window that I need to the market’s numbers. With the ability to arrange thing EXACTLY the way I want them, and the use of conditional formatting to trigger alarms and display changes to suit my needs, I am gradually replacing all of the other market tools I’ve been using. I can’t be a more enthusiastic supporter of what you are doing. Thanks.

- W.G.

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- R.K.

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- V.D.

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- L.D.

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- M.M.

I ADORE your program. It has really helped me to learn about how the markets work, and building my own system indicator by indicator is the best way to learn.

- B.K.

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- K.L.

The more I work with XLQ, the more I like it. It is fast! And so rich... I like it so much I have decided to adopt it as my #1 tool for the long term.

- S.C.

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- T.B.

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- D.F.

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- R.D.

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- F.B.

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- G.R.

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- J.P.

The XLQ interface with Excel is excellent. I have been waiting for this capability for years.

- H.A.

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- D.L.

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- D.E.

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- S.P.

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- S.M.

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- M.C.

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- A.T.

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- P.B.

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- R.M.

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- S.S

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- W.B

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- V.P.

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- J.B.

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