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I am programming a stock tracker application with Yahoo's finance API. At the beginning of this month I noticed that the information provided by Yahoo on the commodities were wrong. So I looked up the symbols on Yahoo's finance website and realized, that the symbols for the upcoming futures changed.

Due to the fact that I'am not a finance guy, I have no idea what the pattern might be behind the changing commodity symbols. I'am pretty sure that there is a pattern, because the symbols for September are all ending with a U (GCU16.CMX, SIU16.CMX, HGU16.CMX etc.).

So we have a monthly changing symbol pattern similar to:

XX + Single letter for the month + Year + . + Exchange

Does anyone have an idea, in which way the "Single letter for the month"-part is changing in the symbol, so that I can automate those one letter changes in my programm?

  • Okay, I got it by simply looking up futures from past years. – user47136 Aug 7 '16 at 16:37
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    Jan = F, Feb = G, Mar = H, Apr = J, May = K, Jun = M, Jul = N, Aug = Q, Sep = U, Oct = V, Nov = X, Dec = Z – user47136 Aug 7 '16 at 16:38
  • from CME group cmegroup.com/month-codes.html also note that options month codes are different and depend on put/call type. – MD-Tech Aug 8 '16 at 15:49
  • You should post the information you learned as an actual answer. That is both acceptable and encouraged on StackExchange. – dg99 Aug 9 '16 at 17:12

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