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This page describes the Interactive Brokers symbol formats used by Sierra Chart. It has examples and lists some common symbols. All symbols other than simple stock symbols for the US markets, require special formatting when using IB. If you enter an incorrect symbol, then you will receive this message in the Message Log: No security definition has been found for the request.
Enter the symbol in the Selected Symbol box and press the appropriate Open button. You can also enter the symbol into the Global Symbol Settings so it will be listed in the Find Symbol window. Go to the IB symbols page to look up the symbol and exchange to use in the symbol formats described on this page.
The symbol you will use in Sierra Chart to access Interactive Brokers data and trading consists of the symbol of the instrument you want, the security type, the exchange code and some other information in some cases. All of this together makes up a complete symbol. One reason you may receive a symbol error is because your Interactive Brokers account may not be enabled for the symbol you are using. You will need to contact Interactive Brokers to have your account enabled for the particular exchanges you need data for.
The symbol formats on this page, describe multiple parts using data from the TWS symbol description. Each of these parts is separated with a hyphen - character.
Each of these parts of the complete symbol are transmitted to TWS when subscribing to market data or sending an order, exactly as they are entered within the symbol. A window like the following will be displayed. This gives you all of the different parts of information needed to construct a complete symbol as entered in Sierra Chart. There are cases where it is necessary to contact Interactive Brokers technical support to find out how to set the Contract structure when requesting market data or when submitting orders.
If you still cannot figure out from the information on this page the particular complete symbol you need to specify for a particular security in the Interactive Brokers system, then contact Interactive Brokers using the appropriate contact method specified by Interactive Brokers, and ask them how the Contract structure needs to be filled out for the particular security that you want market data for and when submitting orders.
Once Interactive Brokers provides you those Contract details, it will be clear how to use the different fields of the Contract structure to fill out the individual components of a complete symbol using the symbol specifications on this page.
You may also want to contact Sierra Chart support on the Support Board with the Contract information from Interactive Brokers, so we can add the symbol into the symbol list in Sierra Chart, assuming it is the type of symbol that will be added. Refer to the following screenshot. Some stocks require a more detailed symbol format for a chart or quote line on the Quote Board, to be able to receive market data and to perform trading for them.
In some cases you need to use this more detailed symbol format. In the case of when using the Sierra Chart Exchange Data Feed for market data and you are using this more detailed symbol format and there is no [M] displayed after the symbol at the top of the chart, then there are two possible solutions to this. Refer to Trade and Current Quote Symbol. Let Sierra Chart support know what the more detailed symbol format is and we will set up the proper mapping for that symbol.
Contact us on the Support Board about this. In many cases, the currency code needs to be specified with stock symbols for market data and trading when using Interactive Brokers.
After changing the setting, reconnect to the data feed. The underlying symbols for futures can be looked up on the Interactive Brokers web site. Check that list first to see if the particular index you need is already listed. If it is not listed, let Sierra Chart Support know what it is, so we can add it to the list.
There are 2 CFD symbol formats. CFD Format 2 is used when Interactive Brokers does not provide market data for a CFD symbol and market data has to be requested for the underlying symbol.
This is usually the case with stock symbols. The Trade and Current Quote Symbol box does not need to be set. Therefore, what you can possibly do is open 2 charts. There is no simple and straightforward format for this, and it has been determined to be impractical to support. Consider using the CTS trading platform service for trading futures spreads as an alternative.
For historical and real-time data for exchange traded futures spreads and strategies, you can use the Sierra Chart Exchange Data Feed which does provide this data. Service Terms and Refund Policy. The letter STK stands for stock.
This format is needed with certain stocks in order to resolve ambiguities on the Interactive Brokers side. The day is usually the third Wednesday of the month. This symbol format is required for VIX futures. The Continuous Futures Contract feature is not supported with this symbol format.
IND stands for Index. This is the format for market indexes and statistics. You need to know the exchange the index is on and specify the exchange. For example, enter OPT stands for Option. The first part of the symbol IB Option Symbol can be determined from the Symbol field in the contract description.
There is a space between the 4 and the P in this symbol. FOP stands for Futures Option. The first part of the symbol can be determined from the Symbol field in the contract description. Sierra Chart fully supports charting and trading CFD markets.
To be able to receive market depth data for the symbol do not use SMART for the exchange and instead use the actual exchange. Use this symbol format to chart and trade a CFD symbol when Interactive Brokers requires the market data for the underlying symbol be requested instead. Otherwise, you will not receive market data for the symbol.