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Use StaticAssets for equities in foreign markets

Hi all,

I have checked out the educational posts both at and

I know I can use a list of US equities as a filter by doing:

from quantopian.research import run_pipeline, symbols  
filterSectors = StaticAssets(symbols(["XLF","XLRE","XLE","XLU","XLK","XLB","XLP","XLY","XLI","XLC","XLV"]))  

But I have problems listing equities in foreign markets. Take CN_EQUITIES for example, by running a blank pipeline I get to know how equities are named in the database. An example is:

Equity(1178883501215042 [603516])  

603516 is the widely accepted "name" of a Chinese stock easy to find online. I have no idea what 1178883501215042 is, maybe defined by the data provider? Right now I can only call the equity with the long number by:

# >>> StaticAssets([], 0)  

But calling the short number gives the following error:

# >>>  
# NoSuchSymbolsTraceback (most recent call last)  
# <ipython-input-53-7dc395df23f4> in <module>()  
# ----> 1 StaticAssets(symbols([603516]))

# /build/src/qexec_repo/qexec/research/ in symbols(symbols, symbol_reference_date, handle_missing)  
#     456             symbol_reference_date=symbol_reference_date,  
#     457             handle_missing=handle_missing,  
# --> 458             readers=readers,  
#     459         )  
#     460  
# /build/src/qexec_repo/qexec/research/_api.pyc in inner_symbols(symbols, symbol_reference_date, handle_missing, readers)  
#     275  
#     276     if len(securities) == 0:  
# --> 277         raise NoSuchSymbols(symbols)  
#     278  
#     279     if symbols_is_scalar:  
# NoSuchSymbols: Failed to find securities matching [603516]  

Running StaticAssets(symbols(['603516'])) gives similar error.

Therefore, how can we know the correspondence between the long number and the market-accepted short names? Or more straightforward, how can we just call the equities with this short number?

3 responses

And, do we have newer data? I just found that only data before 2018-08-18 is available, which makes this post unnecessary ;-(

Currently only US equities can be referenced by name. However, both US and non-US equities can be referenced by their 'security ID' or SID. The SID is a unique number which Quantopian uses to refer to a security. The SID is the long number and the symbol is the short value in the following

 Equity(1178883501215042 [603516])  

To get the SID from either the name or symbol one must first create a dataframe of securities. The pipeline output returns a multi-index dataframe which has the security objects as the level 1 index. Security objects have several attributes including asset_name (check out the docs for a complete description) . This can be used to lookup the SID for any security. However, one must create a pipeline with all the securities for a given domain first. Something like this.

# Research environment functions imports  
from quantopian.research import run_pipeline  
from quantopian.pipeline import Pipeline

from import EquityPricing  
from quantopian.pipeline.domain import CN_EQUITIES

# set start and end dates and stock  

# Create an 'empty' un-screened pipeline containing all assets for a given domain  
all_cn_assets = run_pipeline(Pipeline(domain=CN_EQUITIES), start_date, end_date)

Next, add columns for the name, symbol, and SID from the security attributes. Something like this

# Create columns for the security name and symbol from attributes of the security object  
all_cn_assets['asset_name'] = [str(asset.asset_name) for asset in all_cn_assets.index.get_level_values(level=1)]  
all_cn_assets['symbol'] = [str(asset.symbol) for asset in all_cn_assets.index.get_level_values(level=1)]  
all_cn_assets['sid'] = [str(asset.sid) for asset in all_cn_assets.index.get_level_values(level=1)]

The resulting dataframe can be searched by name or symbol to find the associated SID.

The FactSet data for global equities typically have a 1 year holdout. So, the newest available data would be 1 year before the current date.


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Thanks for your reply and the inspirational method. This works fine for me.

Could I turn this post into a feature request for the up-to-date foreign data? I believe that would be really helpful to a lot of people.