Symbol Formats

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Symbol Formats

Your SOFTWARE has been designed with simplicity in mind. Most stocks and futures can be selected in most common analysis software by simply using the name of the instrument from each exchange.

ASX Stocks, Options and Warrants

Stocks, options and warrants currently use the exact same codes that are available from the ASX.

Futures - Traded Contracts

Futures symbols under Your SOFTWARE are those currently commonly used in the futures markets. Each individual future has a unique root symbol, which is then used to create unique futures contract symbols.

A long symbol format has been adopted to ensure that interpretation of Futures contracts is easy.

[ROOT SYMBOL] - [YEAR] - [CONTRACT MONTH LETTER]

For example, the root symbol for the Share Price Index Futures traded on the Sydney Futures Exchange is AAO. If we were to create a contract symbol for the December 2000 Share Price Index Futures Contract it would appear as follows:

AAO-2000.Z represents [SYMBOL]-[YEAR].[MONTH CODE]

The month codes are as follows:

F January
G February
H March
J April
K May
M June
N July
Q August
U September
V October
X November
Z December

 

Guides to Symbols for major markets are available in paper-based form or at the web site.

Futures - Continuous Contracts

A continuous contract is where futures contracts are joined together according to a simple set of rules. This provides the ability to view historical data for a commodity to identify long term trends that may not be visible when viewing single contracts in isolation.

Continuous futures contracts are created for use with long-term technical analysis. Our Server creates them at the end of each trading session.

The suffix, either SPOT1, SPOTV or GANN, depending on the type of continuous contract, designates these contracts.

CASH

A cash contract in many cases cannot actually be bought or sold but rather is the item that the futures contract is based upon. For example, the CASH item for the Share Price Index (SPI) traded on the Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) is the All Ordinaries indices from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

SPOT1

This is a continuous contract that displays the values of open, high, low and close for the current futures contract and a combined volume open interest of all traded contracts for that period. The contract rolls over (or moves from one contract to the next) based on contract expiry.

SPOTV

This is a continuous contract that is calculated to display the values of open, high, low, close, volume and open interest that rolls over (or moves from one contract to the next) based on highest traded volume over 3 days. If the contract is close to expiry however (within 5 days) the volume only needs to be higher for one day for the SpotV to roll.

GANN

GANN contracts are calculated on monthly contracts for a futures contract. A December GANN contract is calculated by displaying the current value of the most current December contract for each date selected. This contract rolls over (or moves from one monthly (December) contract to the next) based on contract expiry. The current contract for 1 January 2000 used is the December 2000 contract. When this contract physically expires we begin to add values from the December 2001 contract.

Forex

A Comprehensive coverage of foreign exchange (FX) cross-rates is provided. Symbols for cross rates are generated as follows:

FX[FC][SC]

Where [FC] denotes First Currency [SC] denotes Second Currency.

For example, US dollar versus Japanese Yen cross rate would have the following code.

FXUSJY

Where US is the symbol for US Dollar and JY is the symbol for Japanese Yen

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