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MarketWatch API

A Python wrapper for interacting with the Games section of MarketWatch.

This wrapper works by reverse engineering how the MarketWatch website works. Consequently, this wrapper is very fragile and depends on MarketWatch not changing their website.


Use this API by putting from MarketWatch import * into your implementation. See as an example usage for this wrapper.

Helper Classes

  • Term: enum for order validity. Options are DAY and INDEFINITE.
  • PriceType: enum for order price type. Options are MARKET, LIMIT, and STOP.
  • OrderType: enum for order type. Options are BUY, SELL, SHORT, and COVER.
  • Order: holder for order information.
    • id: the id of the order, used for canceling orders.
    • ticker: the normal ticker of the order (such as AAPL for Apple).
    • quantity: number of shares the order is for.
    • orderType: a way to store the OrderType enum.
    • priceType: a way to store the PriceType enum.
    • price: the price of the order, if applicable.

Main Class (MarketWatch)


Call with MarketWatch(email, password, game, debugMode = False).

  • email: the email of your account.
  • password: the password of your account.
  • game: the ID of the game you're in.
  • debugMode: if True, orders will not submitted. Optional parameter; default is to not be in debug mode.


  • getPrice(ticker): gets the price of the security with the inputted ticker. ticker would be something like AAPL.
  • <order>(ticker, shares, term = Term.INDEFINITE, priceType = PriceType.MARKET, price = None)
    • ticker and shares are mandatory. You may omit parameters if desired. However, you must include all parameters prior to the one you want to use (i.e. to use priceType, you must specify term). You must specify price for certain priceTypes (LIMIT and STOP). If the optional parameters are not specified, the default (as shown above) will be used.
    • order can be buy, sell, short, and cover.
    • ticker: the normal ticker of the order (such as AAPL for Apple).
    • shares: the number of shares the order is for.
    • term: enum for order validity. Options are DAY and INDEFINITE.
    • priceType: enum for order price type. Options are MARKET, LIMIT, and STOP.
    • price: the price of the order, if applicable. Otherwise, feel free to omit or pass in None.
  • cancelOrder(id): cancels the order with the inputted id. This value is found in the Order class.
  • cancelAllOrders(): cancels all currently pending orders.
  • getOrders(): returns a list of Order objects. Each of which stands for one pending order you currently have, as displayed on MarketWatch. Only grabs orders on the first page (should be 10).
  • getBuyingPower(): gets buying power.
  • getCashRemaining(): gets cash remaining.
  • getCashBorrowed(): gets cash borrowed.
  • getExecutionPrice(): gets the price at which the most recently processed order executed at.

The following methods are not intended for use by you.

  • orderDriver(ticker, shares, term, priceType, price, orderType): all the <order> methods internally call this.
  • submit(payload): Receives the order to be submitted to MarketWatch for processing from orderDriver.
  • validateTicker(ticker): converts normal tickers (AAPL) to how it's referred to on MarketWatch internally (STOCK-XNAS-AAPL).
  • cleanText(text): strips out whitespace and junk characters from text.
  • getOrderType(order): used in getOrders() to determine order type (buy, sell, short, or cover).
  • getPriceOfOrder(order): used in getOrders() to determine the price of the order.

Version History


Initial release.


Apache License, Version 2.0

Copyright 2017 Kevin Dong

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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