Use the following convention to for futures contracts.
Base symbol + letter for the next contract month + last 2 digits of the year.
In the case of the E-Mini S&P 500 for March 2020, the ticker symbol would be:
Step 1 - Find the base symbol
Futures base symbols can be found on Tradestation's help site here: http://help.tradestation.com/
Step 2 - Determine the Code for the next contract delivery month
F - January
G - February
H - March
J - April
K - May
M - June
N - July
Q - August
U - September
V - October
X - November
Z - December
Step 3 - Enter the last 2 digits of the year
If the current year is 2020, then use 20.
ES is the base symbol for the E-Mini SP 500.
However, typing just ES in Tradestation will call a stock with the symbol ES, not the E-Mini S&P 500.
To get the E-Mini S&P 500 use:
Base symbol for E-Mini S&P 500 = ES
Next month contract code = H
Last 2 digits of the year 2020 = 20
Therefore the Ticker for the March 2020 E-Mini contract is: ESH20
Here is the E-Mini Nasdaq 100 March 2020 futures contract:
In the above example:
The base symbol for E-Mini Nasdaq 100 = NQ
The code for the March contract = H
The last 2 digits of the year = 20
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