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Naming Conventions of Stock Short Name by Product Types

 Note: The following naming conventions are applicable in most cases of various product types but are not exclusive for all circumstances

Equity Securities

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
QQQQQQQQQQQQQ-S
QQQQQQQQQQQQQ-W
QQQQQQQQQQQQQ-B
QQQQQQQQQQQQQ-R

Q - Up to 15 characters representing the name of the listed company

S - Secondary listing indicator

W - Companies with weighted voting right structures indicator

B - Biotech companies indicator

R - Indicator for products traded in Renminbi (RMB)

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Unit Trusts/Mutual Funds (excluded Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs))

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ
QQQQQQQQQQQQQ-R

 

Q - Up to 15 characters representing the name of the listed fund

R - Indicator for products traded in Renminbi (RMB)

Note:
The above naming convention for products traded in Renminbi comes into effect on 23 May 2012.  The stock short name of respective product types listed before 23 May 2012 will remain unchanged.
During the parallel trading period, if any, there will be indicators used to distinguish the original and the temporary trading stock counters.

 

Hong Kong Depositary Receipts (HDRs)

QQQQQQQQQQQQ-DR
QQQQQQQQQQQ-DRS
QQQQQQQQQ-DR-RS
QQQQQQQQ-DRS-RS

Q - Up to 12 characters representing the issuer and / or the underlying share
DR - Depositary Receipts Indicator
S - Secondary listing indicator
RS - Depositary Receipts which are restricted securities (RS) under US federal securities laws.
Please click here for explanation of RS

Equity Warrants

QQQQQQQQQQWYYMM

Or

QQQQQQQQQQQQWYY

Q - Up to 12 characters representing the underlying equity securities
W- Equity Warrants indicator
YY - Expiry year
MM - Expiry month

Stapled Secutiries

QQQQQQQQQQQQ-SS

Q - Up to 12 characters representing the name of the listed Stapled Securities
SS - Indicator for Stapled Securities

Debt Securities

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Exchange Fund Notes

EFN 9.99 YYMM

Hong Kong Government Bonds

HKGB 9.99 YYMM

Or

HKSAR GOV NYYMM

Other Debts

QQQQQQQQQQNYYMM

Or

QQQQQQQQQQYYMMA

Traded in Renminbi

QQQQQ CNY NYYMM

Or

QQQQQQQQNYYMM-R

9.99 - Interest rate
YY/YYYY - Expiry year
MM - Expiry month
Q - Up to 10 characters representing the underlying debt securities (may include currency code and denomination)
N - N = Notes ; B = Bonds ; I = Guaranteed Instruments ; C = Certificates
A - Serial number for additional issues by the same issuer with same expiry year and month (A, B, C ...)
CNY - Indicator for Debt Securities traded in Renminbi (RMB)
R - Indicator for Debt Securities traded in Renminbi (RMB)

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)

Physical ETFs

QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Physical ETFs traded in Renminbi

QQQQQQQQQQQQQ-R

Physical ETFs traded in USD

QQQQQQQQQQQQQ-U

Synthetic ETFs

X QQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Synthetic ETFs traded in Renminbi

X QQQQQQQQQQQ-R

Synthetic ETFs traded in USD

X QQQQQQQQQQQ-U

Futures-based ETFs

F QQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Futures-based EFTs traded in Renminbi

F QQQQQQQQQQQ-R

Futures-based ETFs traded in USD

F QQQQQQQQQQQ-U

Active ETFs

A QQQQQQQQQQQQQ

Active ETFs traded in Renminbi

A QQQQQQQQQQQ-R

Active ETFs traded in USD

A QQQQQQQQQQQ-U

Q - Up to 13 characters (for Futures-based ETF and Synthetic ETF) or 15 characters (for Physical ETF) representing the issuer and/or the benchmark index/asset
R - Indicator for ETFs traded in Renminbi (RMB)
U - Indicator for ETFs traded in USD
X - A marker representing a Synthetic ETF using synthetic replication strategy (through the use of swaps or other derivative instruments) to gain exposure to a benchmark index/asset
F - A marker representing a Futures-based ETF which use futures indices as their underlying benchmarks to replicate their composition and weighting so as to give the ETFs the performance of the benchmarks.
A - A marker representing a Active managed ETF

Note:
The above naming convention for ETFs traded in Renminbi comes into effect on 23 May 2012.  The stock short name of ETFs traded in Renminbi listed before 23 May 2012 will remain unchanged.
The above naming convention for ETFs traded in USD comes into effect on 24 June 2016.  The stock short name of ETFs traded in USD listed before 24 June 2016 will remain unchanged.

Leveraged Products and Inverse Products

Leveraged Products

HKD counter

F/XL2ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

RMB counter

F/XL2ZZZZZZZZZZ-R

USD counter

F/XL2ZZZZZZZZZZ-U

Inverse Products

HKD counter

F/XI2/ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

RMB counter

F/XI2/ZZZZZZZZZZZ-R

USD Counter

F/XI2/ZZZZZZZZZZZ-U

F - Futures-based
X - Swap-based
L - Leveraged
I - Inverse
2 - Two Times Multiple Factor
Z - Provider's short name & name of underlying index
R - Indicator for L&I Products in RMB counter
U - Indicator for L&I Products in USD counter

Derivative Warrants (DWs)

ZZQQQQQ@ECYYMMA

OR

ZZ-QQQQ@ECYYMMA

Or (traded in Renminbi)

ZZQQQQ@ECYYMMA*

ZZ - Issuer's short name
Q - Up to 5 characters representing name of the underlying asset
@ = Cash settlement ; * = Physical delivery
E - E = European ; R = Regional warrants ; X = Exotic (non-traditional) ; No Character = American
C - C = Call ; P = Put ;  No Character = non Call or Put
YYMM - Expiry year and month
A - Serial number for additional issues by the same issuer on same underlying asset with same expiry year and month (A, B, C ...)
* - Indicator for DWs traded in Renminbi (RMB)

Note:

The above naming convention for DWs comes into effect on 27 Feb 2012.  The stock short name of DWs launched before 27 Feb 2012 will remain unchanged.  There is no serial number assigned to the first issue of DWs launched before 27 Feb 2012 (i.e. ZZ-QQQQQ@ECYYMM).

Callable Bull/Bear Contracts (CBBCs)

ZZ#QQQQQNCYYMMA

Or (traded in Renminbi)

ZZ#QQQQQCYYMMA*

ZZ - Issuer's short name
# - CBBC indicator
Q - Up to 5 characters representing name of the underlying asset
N - N = No residual value ; R = With residual value
C - C = Bull contract ; P = Bear contract
YYMM - Expiry year and month
A - Serial number for additional issues by the same issuer on same underlying asset with same expiry year and month (A, B, C ...)
* - Indicator for CBBCs traded in Renminbi (RMB)

Trading Only Securities

NASDAQ-AMEX Equity Securities traded under the Pilot Program

QQQQQQQQQQQQQ-T

Q - Up to 13 characters representing the issuer
T - The security is not listed but admitted to trading

ETFs traded under the Pilot Program

QQQQQQQQQQQQ-TR

Q - Up to 13 characters representing the issuer and/or the benchmark index/asset
T R - The security is not listed but admitted to trading and the fund has not been authorized by the Securities and Futures Commission


Updated 17 May 2019

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