Tagging Messages Properly to Ensure They Hit the Right Streams

Investing jargon can sometimes be confusing, especially when it comes to the alphabet soup of ticker symbols across asset classes.

Here at StockTwits, we’ve noticed some confusion among members who are discussing The U.S. Dollar, S&P e-mini futures, and various futures markets.

To clear it up, we thought we’d a take moment to offer up the following reminders:

For U.S. Dollar messages, use:

  • $USDX: US Dollar Index
  • $DX_F: US Dollar Index Futures
  • $UUP: Powershares Bullish US Dollar Index
  • DO NOT USE: $USD, this is the ticker for ProShares Ultra Semiconductors ETF.

For e-mini S&P futures messages, use:

  • $ES_F
  • $SPY (not futures, but the related S&P 500 ETF)
  • DO NOT USE $ES: This is the stock symbol for EnergySolutions, Inc.

When discussing any futures contract, tickers include “_F” after each symbol. For examples:

  • $CL_F: Light, Sweet Crude Oil Futures
  • $HG_F: High Grade Copper Futures
  • $ZC_F: Corn Futures
  • $GC_F: Gold Futures
  • $SI_F: Silver Futures

For a complete list of futures tickers on StockTwits, check out our futures directory.

…And $HIT is the stock symbol for Hitachi Ltd, not a smelly expletive :)

Hope this helps. See you on the Stream!

Sean McLaughlin: Editor, StockTwits (@chicagosean)


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