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Open Feature request MC-2122

Interactive Brokers Symbol Description should use "LongName" property instead of the current Description

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In the Interactive Brokers DataFeed, currently a description is displayed that is meaningless on a chart or scanner display.  For example, for the symbol PAG from the NYSE exchange, the description displayed is:
which is quite useless since the chart already displays the symbol and exchange by default.
It would be much more useful to display the descriptive name property:  LongName from the ContractDetails object in the ContractDetailsMessage. 
ie.  ContractDetailsMessage.ContractDetails.LongName
for example, for the symbol PAG from the NYSE exchange, the LongName would be displayed as:
Of course, it would be preferred to display that string in Title Case to make it easier to read, such as:
Penske Automotive Group Inc.
I understand that the current description you are storing in the database is used as a key to perform the data request but that key can be created on the fly.  It would be much more useful to display the more descriptive company name that is available from the API.
It would also be nice to have the Sector available as well but i realize that may require changes to your database.

Steps to reproduce this issue

add a new instrument in the Quote Manager
This property is readily available in the sample app in the TWS Api and is documented in the TWS API Reference Guide under the topic ContractDetails

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user-offline.png  proks (proks)
Oct 15, 2016 - 14:23

I posted this under the Standard Edition in error and cannot change my post ... i use the .NET version but I suppose it is applicable to both versions.

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