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Issue with retrieving stock quotes from yahoo finance

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I've been using yahoo finance for obtaining stock quotes in a java program for about 6 months now and haven't had any issues until recently. I'm using the following url to retrieve the quote for the last trade of a stock:

http://download.finance.yahoo.com/d/quotes.csv?f=sl1d1t1c1ohgv&e=.csv&s=MSFT

What happens is about every 5th retrieval (it's not consistent), rather than returning the data for the most recent trade, it returns data from 3 days ago.

I only see this issue in my java program... when I issue the url from a browser it always seems to work fine. I would've suspected the problem to be in my code except for the following conditions:

1. This was working fine for many months and I haven't touched the code dealing with retrieving the data.
2. It happens totally randomly. I cycle through the stocks in the S&P 500 and sometimes a particular ticker will work and sometimes it doesn't. There is no discernible pattern.
3. These users also reported a problem with yahoo finance at around the same time (it's not the exact same symptom as what I'm seeing but it is suspicious):Yahoo finance issue
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