R Code Snippet : Read and Concatenate Prices of Constituents of a Stock Index

This post shows how to read all prices of constituents of a stock index given all symbols as a string. It is a prerequisite of the pairs trading backtest.

Pairs trading aims to select good performing pairs from a set of universe of a stock index. It is, therefore, a starting point of pairs trading backtest to collect daily stock prices of a given stock index.

Sometimes there are symbols for which price information is not available. In this case, we should check the all components of the stock index. In case of Nasdaq 100, recent information can be found at


R code

The following R code retreives historical daily prices of constituents of the Nasdaq 100 index given all symbols of it as of 2022-07-29.

# Quantitative ALM, Financial Econometrics & Derivatives 
# ML/DL using R, Python, Tensorflow by Sang-Heon Lee 
# https://kiandlee.blogspot.com
# load prices of constituents of a stock index
graphics.off(); rm(list = ls())
# Components of the Nasdaq 100, as of 2022-07-29
vstr_nasdaq100 <- 
# split symbols and make vector
nasdaq100_symbols <- 
    gsub(" ", "", strsplit(vstr_nasdaq100, 
# read price information of constituents
sdate <- as.Date("2020-07-01")
edate <- as.Date("2022-06-30")
# collect only adjusted prices
price <- NULL
for(i in 1:length(nasdaq100_symbols)) {
        "price <- cbind(price,",
# modify column name as only symbol
colnames(price) <- 
    gsub(".Adjusted", "", colnames(price))
# print price time series of Components

Running the above R code displays the status of data reading process as follows.

Finally, we can get the collection of individual stock prices, which are components of the Nasdaq 100 index

Originally posted on SH Fintech Modeling.

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