European Markets Information

StockMarketEye supports Euro securities from many of the European stock exchanges (Milano, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Lisbon, Amsterdam... just to name a few). You can also setup your portfolios to be denominated in Euros.

Ticker Symbols for European Stocks

You can search for the ticker symbols of the securities you want to track using StockMarketEye’s Symbol Search field in the upper-right corner of the window. Although the first entry in the search results is often from a US exchange, you can look in the “Exchange” results column to see on which exchange the symbol trades. If you find the stocks you’re looking for in the search results, double-click it to add it to your portfolio or watchlist.

Searching for Euro stocks in StockMarketEye

Yahoo! Finance Symbols

Ticker symbols for securities that trade on non-US exchanges have an exchange suffix added by Yahoo! Finance in order to differentiate them from securities on other exchanges that have the same symbol.

In the case of Euro securities, this can be any of the suffixes for any of the European markets. For example, stocks that trade in Paris are suffixed with “.PA”. For example, BNP Paribas, whose ticker symbol on the Paris exchange is “BNP”, on Yahoo! Finance is “BNP.PA”. Unione di Banche Italiane Scpa on the Milano exchange on Yahoo! Finance is “UBI.MI”. Siemens Aktiengesellschaft on the XETRA exchange on Yahoo! Finance is “SIE.DE” (or “SIE.F” on the Frankfurt exchange).

Here are some of the most common European exchange suffixes:

  • .PA - Paris
  • .MI - Milano
  • .DE - XETRA
  • .F - Frankfurt
  • .AS - Amsterdam
  • .LS - Lisbon
  • .MA - Madrid

If you are having problems finding your ticker symbols with the built-in symbol search, you can go to the Yahoo! Finance website and use any symbol you find there directly in StockMarketEye. See the section on Data Providers on where to find the ticker symbol on Yahoo! Finance.

Google Finance Symbols

In contract to Yahoo! Finance, Google Finance adds an exchange prefix to ticker symbols in order to differentiate them from securities on other exchanges that have the same symbol.

In the case of Euro securities, the prefix can be any one of those for any of the European markets. For example, stocks that trade on the Paris exchange, have the “EPA” prefix - the ticker symbol for BNP Paribas on Google Finance is “EPA:BNP”. Unione di Banche Italiane Scpa on the Milano exchange on Google Finance is “BIT:UBI”. Siemens AG on the XETRA exchange on Google Finance is “ETR:SIE” (or “FRA:SIE” on the Frankfurt exchange).

Here are some of the most common European exchange prefixes:

  • EPA: - Paris
  • BIT: - Madrid
  • ETR: - XETRA
  • FRA: - Frankfurt
  • AMS: - Amsterdam
  • ELI: - Lisbon
  • BME: - Madrid

If you are having problems finding your ticker symbols with the built-in symbol search, you can go to the Google Finance website and use any symbol you find there directly in StockMarketEye. See the section on Data Providers on where to find the ticker symbol on Google Finance.

Setup Portfolios for Euros

In StockMarketEye, each portfolio has a currency in which the total value of the portfolio is displayed. Within the portfolio, you can have items denominated in different currencies. StockMarketEye will convert the value of those items to the currency of the portfolio, when calculating the portfolio’s total value.

To change a portfolio’s currency, select your portfolio in the Folders list, then use the menu: Portfolio -> Settings...

Open the portfolio's settings window

In the Settings window, go to the “Currency” tab. Here you can change the currency from US Dollars to Euros. Scroll up and select Euros (EUR) in the list.

Change the portfolio's currency to Euros

Click OK for the changes to take effect.

Note

It is best to change the currency of the portfolio before adding any stocks to the portfolio. Changing the currency after you already have stocks added may lead to inconsistent values due to exchange rate differences. If this happens to you, you can verify the currency and exchange rates of all your transactions in the Transactions report and then modify them if necessary. Finally, you may then need to rebuild the portfolio from the transactions.

Default StockMarketEye Currency Settings

By default, StockMarketEye creates portfolios with US Dollars as the currency. You can change this as well as the currency used in the Portfolios Summary view to use Euros.

Open the StockMarketEye “Preferences” window. On a Mac you can do this by going to the “StockMarketEye” menu and choose “Preferences…”. On Windows or Linux, go to the File menu and choose “Preferences…”.

The preferences window's currency settings.

In the “General” tab, you’ll see the “Currency Settings” section. There are 2 settings here you can change. The first is the “Currency for ‘Portfolio Totals’ view”. Click on the button labeled “Choose…” and the “Select Currency” window will open.

Change the preferences default currency

As you did in the Portfolio Settings dialog, scroll up in the list and select Euro (EUR), then click OK. Now do the same for the “Default initial currency for Portfolios”. Finally click OK in the Preferences window for the settings to take effect.

If you now click on the “Portfolios” item in the list on the left-hand side of the StockMarketEye window, you’ll see the Portfolio Totals view. Note that it now uses Euros (€), Rather than US Dollars ($).

Portfolio Totals view with updated currency

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