For developers using OS X the Bloomberg API offers this Python library. OS X users should note that the OSX libraries are only compatible with OSX 10.7 and later, and can only be used with the Bloomberg Server API and B-Pipe data feed products (not the Desktop API). The Bloomberg API provides free, unrestricted access to raw financial data on current market trades (either real-time or delayed), reference data on historical information, and records of intraday trading. As part of their Open Market Data Initiative the library is offered under a "free-use" license, which allows unrestricted access to the interface's header files, documentation, and programming examples.
Xignite, the provider of commercial APIs for financial data, has announced a new addition to its web service suite: XigniteGlobalQuotes. The new XigniteGlobalQuotes API provides users with programmable access to delayed stock quotes from global stock markets, including the Mumbai Stock Exchange (India), the Tokyo, Shanghai, and Singapore stock exchanges, the Brazil Stock Exchange, the London Stock Exchange, and many continental European exchanges.
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