Understanding Symbols on Rithmic

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Finding your favorite contracts on a new trading platform can be frustrating. Here is a quick guide to help you understand how symbology works on Rithmic.

There are four sections that make up each Rithmic symbol:

Symbol code

Month code

Last digit of the year

  .

Exchange code


For example: 
ESH4.CME 

  • ES is the symbol code
  • H is the month code
  • 4 indicates the last digit of the year – 2024
  • CME indicates the exchange that the symbol is traded on


The example above would be the E-Mini S&P 500 contract that expires in March 2024. The exchange code is always at the end of the symbol, following a period. There are no spaces or other symbols required.

Below is a resource to help you locate symbol, month and exchange codes for some of the popular futures contracts:

Product

Exchange

Symbol Code

Expiration Month Codes

Example Rithmic Contract Format

Equities

Micro E-Mini S&P 500

CME

MES

H, M, U, Z

MESU4.CME

Micro E-Mini Dow Jones

CBOT

MYM

H, M, U, Z

MYMH5.CME

Micro E-Mini Russell 2000

CME

M2K

H, M, U, Z

M2KZ5.CME

Micro E-Mini Nasdaq 100

CME

MNQ

H, M, U, Z

MNQU4.CME

E-Mini S&P 500

CME

ES

H, M, U, Z

ESU4.CME

E-Mini Dow Jones

CBOT

YM

H, M, U, Z

YMH5.CME

E-Mini Russell 2000

CME

RTY

H, M, U, Z

RTYZ4.CME

E-Mini Nasdaq 100

CME

NQ

H, M, U, Z

NQU5.CME

Energies

Crude Oil Futures

NYMEX

CL

F, G, H, J, K, M, N, Q, U, V, X, Z

CLN5.NYMEX

E-Mini Crude Oil

NYMEX

QM

F, G, H, J, K, M, N, Q, U, V, X, Z

QMK4.NYMEX

Micro Crude Oil

NYMEX

MCL

F, G, H, J, K, M, N, Q, U, V, X, Z

MCLJ6.NYMEX

Heating Oil

NYMEX

HO

F, G, H, J, K, M, N, Q, U, V, X, Z

HOQ6.NYMEX

Natural Gas

NYMEX

NG

F, G, H, J, K, M, N, Q, U, V, X, Z

NGF7.NYMEX

Agriculture

Corn Futures

CBOT

ZC

F, H, K, N, U, X, Z

ZCX6.CBOT

Soybean Futures

CBOT

ZS

F, H, K, N, Q, U, X

ZSQ5.CBOT

Mini Corn

CBOT

XC

F, H, K, N, U, X, Z

XCZ5.CBOT

Live Cattle Futures

CME

LE

G, J, M , Q, V, Z

LEQ4.CME

Lean Hog Futures

CME

HE

G, J, K, M, N, Q, V, Z

HQV5.CME

Interest Rates

30YR Treasury Bond

CBOT

ZB

H, M, U, Z

ZBH5.CBOT

10YR Treasury Note

CBOT

ZN

H, M, U, Z

ZNU6.CBOT

5YR Treasury Note

CBOT

ZF

H, M, U, Z

ZFH6.CBOT

2YR Treasury Note

CBOT

ZT

H, M, U, Z

ZTZ4.CBOT

Metals

Gold Futures

COMEX

GC

G, J, M, Q, V, Z

GCQ5.COMEX

Mini Gold Futures

COMEX

QO

G, J, M, Q, V, Z

QOZ6.COMEX

Silver Futures

COMEX

SI

H, K, N, U, Z

SIN7.COMEX

Copper Futures

COMEX

HG

F,G, H, J, K, M, N, Q, U, V, X, Z

HGJ6.COMEX

        

Month

Month Code

January

F

February

G

March

H

April

J

May

K

June

M

July

N

August

Q

September

U

October

V

November

X

December

Z


To get started trading futures on Rithmic simply open a trading account with Ironbeam and request a Rithmic setup. If you have any additional questions on finding symbols on Rithmic, please shoot us an email at
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By Ironbeam| June 11, 2024| News, Trader Education| 0 Comments

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