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Author Topic: Tick data : trades or quotes ? (7 messages, Page 1 of 1)

amethyste
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Posted: Jul 13, 2010 04:59 AM          Msg. 1 of 7
m_historyLookup.ReqHistoryTickTimeframe("MSFT", "20100614 113000", "20100614 113015", (uint)10000, "", "", (byte)0, "MSFT", 500);

Return the trade or the quote ?

I want the ticks quotes.

amethyste
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Posted: Aug 10, 2010 11:55 AM          Msg. 2 of 7
The tick data use the trades and not the quotes, I can't get the price of the options if it's not traded.

If I want get the Minute-bar of the options symbol on the quotes, it's possible ?

DTN_LorenF
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Posted: Aug 10, 2010 03:58 PM          Msg. 3 of 7
Amethyste

You have several questions.
If a option has not traded, you will not see any data.
The data, in tick, will be tick by tick as the trades come in.
If you want the data in minute bars, they will be the accumulation of the ticks in that minute period.
The developer package for the API will be able to assist you in your programming.

stargrazer
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Posted: Aug 10, 2010 04:04 PM          Msg. 4 of 7
Because options are sparsely traded, ticks (trades) don't arrive very often, and therefore it is difficult to build bars. The only alternative is to collect quotes and use them for your own bar building. Using the mid-point between bid and ask is common. This is meant for collecting data during live sessions.

If you are trying to build bars from history, the bars you get are typically sparse, and of zero height, basically due to the fact that trade data is sparse. If you want continuous range bars, you are pretty much SOL when using the history files, as the files only provide quotes during a trade.
Edited by stargrazer on Aug 10, 2010 at 04:07 PM

amethyste
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Posted: Aug 11, 2010 05:26 AM          Msg. 5 of 7
Yes but options are a derivate, so the option price can move fast without trade.
If I want create and backtest strategies, how do if I receive no data ?

I search bar datas with the quotes and not with the trade.

stargrazer
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Posted: Aug 11, 2010 05:42 AM          Msg. 6 of 7
From an IQFeed perspective, the only way to backtest option based strategies, or, for that matter, any equity based strategy using primarily quotes, is to design your program to collect and save live data during trading hours. Then use the data you've saved to run through your backtesting application.

I use IQFeed's historical daily data to look for interesting trading candidates, then use the above mechanism to capture intraday details for testing.

amethyste
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Posted: Aug 11, 2010 07:37 AM          Msg. 7 of 7
Thanks StarGrazer
 

 

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