What is the symbol for the DOW Jones industrial
average? What does the symbol ‘XOM’ stand for? What is the symbol for the Silver Futures
Contract? The symbol look-up utility allows you to search for symbols or description of
any financial instrument. They’re difference ways in which you can access the symbol look
up utility. Hovering over the icons of the name toolbar of the TradeStation platform.
You will find an icon called ‘Symbol Look-Up’. Clicking on it this places the symbols look-up
dialog. Across the top of this dialog they’re tabs for each of the different asset classes.
Let’s try some searches using the stocks tab. Here you may select to do a search by description
or symbol. To find out what the symbol XOM stands for. We select the symbol radio button
and type ‘XOM’ in the field. We click on ‘Look-Up’ and this will return any symbol that contains
XOM. In the list, we find XOM and we can see that it stands for Exxon Mobile. If you’re
searching by description, select the description radio button and type in the field. Notice
that there is no need to use complete words since the engine will return descriptions
containing the letters you type. If I type ‘AMER’ for ‘American’ and ‘EXP’ for ‘Express’.
I can locate the symbol ‘AXP’ that stands for ‘American Express’. In the futures tab,
you may also search by description. For example, if you want the symbol for silver. You can
type this in the field and clicking on ‘Look-Up’ return symbols for silver. Please notice the
checkbox below. By default, TradeStation will only display electronically traded futures
in the symbol lookup utility. If you’re looking for the pit trade symbols make sure the checkbox
is unchecked. If you already know the root for the commodity. You may select the root
radio button and type in the field. For example, if I type ‘C’ and click ‘Look-Up’ the dial
up return symbols for corn. The forex tab allows you to display all 38 forex pairs.
Just select all forex symbols and click ‘Look-Up’. You may also search by description or symbol.
For example, if you’re looking for all pairs where the Euro is one of the currencies. Just
type ‘Euro’ in the description field and clicking on ‘Look-Up’ will return the list of symbols.
In the options tab, by clicking on the category drop down. You may select between index, futures,
or stock options. The modified filter button below allows you to modify the search and
filter by specifying the number of expiration dates and the number of strike prices to return.
By default, this tab will return three strike prices below and above the underlying price,
and three expiration dates going forward. You may select the specific price range for
the strike prices, or even specific date range for the expiration dates. On this dialog,
you may also select the display puts, calls, or both – plus regional or composite option
symbols. The index tab allows you to retrieve a list of all index symbols stored in our
data network. On the funds, and bonds tab you’re able to search to search within these
class assets by symbol or by description as we have seen in the previous tabs.