We're making some changes to Nasdaq symbology

November 21, 2023
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As we continue to improve the user experience for our users, we'll be making a change to the way instrument_id is mapped for the Nasdaq TotalView-ITCH (XNAS.ITCH) dataset. This change will make our US equity symbology consistent across venues and make it easier to process files across multiple dates.

Currently, the instrument_id for Nasdaq corresponds to the Stock Locate field in the original Nasdaq TotalView-ITCH protocol. With this change, the instrument_id will become a synthetic, internally assigned value that matches the identifiers used in DBEQ.BASIC and other future US equities datasets starting November 28, 2023. All Nasdaq TotalView data from before November 28, 2023, will continue to use the existing instrument_id and won't be updated.

The current instrument_id is unique to Nasdaq and changes daily, making it difficult to use.

This change will come into effect for data from November 28, 2023 onward. What should I do to make sure my code is still working? For most customers, no action is needed. For customers using instrument_id to cross-reference another data source, the value of the original Stock Locate will continue to be available in the Definition schema as the raw_instrument_id field, which is already present in existing data.