The best source for trading symbols is from your data vendor's website (linked below) or by contacting them directly. We have provided some common futures symbols below for your convenience and guidance.
Things to know for Futures symbols Replace the M with month code and the Y with the year (8 for 2008). For DTN you MUST specify a 2 digit year code YY (10 for 2010). Examples: NQH0 (Mar 2010 E-mini Nasdaq 100) ESU0 (Sept 2010 E-mini S&P 500) or QCLU10 (Sept 2010 Crude Oil)
Click here for month codes and more information about different instruments.
*Exchange setup required only for IB. All others use "Auto" by default.
TF Example for ZenFire:
DTN Market Access Symbols with Multipliers
For information on formatting the historical data to match the real time data, Click Here.
Any symbol which natively includes a colon (:) character can NOT be added directly to a chart or quote page. Instead, open the type of chart you desire for this symbol, using any other symbol. Then press Alt+A to open the instrument setup dialog. From this dialog, type in the new symbol with the colon. For example, in eSignal there are exchange traded spread symbols similar to CL U9:CLQ9. Note the space and the lack of a space in the second half of the syntax.
When displaying grains in a footprint chart using the Transact data feed, the symbol instrument display format needs to be set to 99.9999 and the Footprint Data tab of the chart setup needs to have the Price Range set to Custom Range 0.0025. For the Yen (again on Transact only), use the same display format as the grains, but set the Custom Range value to 0.00000025. See this video for using DTNMA with instruments that have different live versus historical decimal formatting.