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Trading futures provides the advantage of added leverage and extended hours trading.

Below is a guide explaining some of the details regarding futures trading and symbols:
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average (and mini-sized Dow) trade on the Chicago Board Of Trade.
  • E-Mini symbols require CME e-mini feed
  • Futures symbols require CME feed
  • Bond Futures require CBOT feed
    • RealTick Symbol
    • E-mini Future
    • Expiration
    • Exchange
    • /SPM4
    • S&P 500
    • Current Qtr Session
    • CME
    • /SPU4
    • S&P 500
    • Next Qtr Session
    • CME
    • /NDM4
    • NASDAQ 100
    • Current Qtr Session
    • CME
    • /NDU4
    • NASDAQ 100
    • Next Qtr Session
    • CME
    • /DJM4
    • Dow Jones Industrial Average
    • Current Qtr Session
    • CME
    • /DJU4
    • Dow Jones Industrial Average
    • Next Qtr Session
    • CBOT

To find a futures symbol take 1) commodity root 2) letter for month 3) last digit for year:

e.g. Nasdaq 100 March 2014 -  /NDH4
e.g. S&P 500 March 2014 -  /SPH4

1
    • Commodity Roots
    • Name
    • /SP
    • S&P 500
    • /ND
    • Nasdaq 100
    • /DJ
    • Dow Jones
    • /NQ
    • E-Mini Nasdaq 100
    • /ES
    • E-Mini S&P 500
2

Futures Quarter Expiration

    • Month
    • Letter
    • March
    • H
    • June
    • M
    • Sept.
    • U
    • Dec.
    • Z
3
    • Year
    • Number
    • 2014
    • 4
    • 2015
    • 5
    • 2016
    • 6


Note: Each contract expires on the Wednesday before the third Thursday of the indicated month.