Bloomberg Help Sheet

About Bloomberg: Bloomberg is a database that integrates information, analytics, research and pricing for several market sectors, in addition to providing news and articles, both business and general.

The way to navigate on Bloomberg is to use its menu keys in combination with some command based shortcuts.

Green Navigation Keys

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Go key – enter

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use the Go key like you would a return or an enter key on a normal keyboard

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Menu key – Previous Menu

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use the menu key (where the END key is on a normal keyboard) to move back to a prior item

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Page Forward / Back keys – Page Forward/ Back

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Use to navigate through pages of data; or when viewing charts, to see the data used to create the chart

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Print key – Print

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use to print a single page; to print multiple pages, type the number of pages to print and then press the print key

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F1 key – Help

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useful when you are not sure where to start looking for information. Type keyword or phrase, HELP, and then GO. Hit HELP key once for help screens associated with your current search. Hit HELP key twice to send a message to the Bloomberg Help Desk. Expect an answer in about ten minutes.

Yellow Navigation Keys

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F2 – government

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Displays list of bonds that match a ticker symbol, coupon, and/or maturity that you select. US government bonds (such as T bonds) and international.

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F3 – corporate

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Use for finding corporate debt, corporate bond prices and yields by company.

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F4 – mortgage

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The mortgage menu includes information about pools and generics.

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F5 – money markets

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Includes programs, which are records that contain the specific issue info. Money markets are for borrowing and lending money for three years or less. The securities in a money market can be US government bonds, Treasury Bills and commercial paper from banks and companies.

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F6 – municipals

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Municipal markets menu contains info about bonds issued by municipalities in the United States.

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F7 – preferred

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Pre-markets covers both public and private securities offered by countries (most US and UK). Types include fixed rate issues, zero coupon issues, floating rate notes, variable rate issues, convertible and warranties.

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F8 – equity

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Displays actual trades and information about US and global stocks (listed and OTC). US equity data goes back to 1980.

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F9 – commodity

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The commodities menu has all exchange listed futures and options contracts of underlying financial and physical products such as gold, wheat, etc.

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F10 – index

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All indicative and/or statistical data and market monitor function are grouped here under specific categories. Two main sections include: markets and leading economic indicators.

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F11 – currency

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Current markets/monitors for global currencies.

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#PAD 6 key – news

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Use the #6 key on the number pad for the News menu. Access to timely general and financial news stories.

Company Searches

Following these instructions will bring up a menu of types of company information. You can navigate through the menus by typing the number of the option you wish to access and pressing <go>. Note: some of the screens will have ORANGE INPUT BOXES. These are areas where you can click and change the dates or criteria. Press <go> after any changes.

To look up a Company by Ticker Symbol:

Type Ticker Symbol

Press yellow <equity> key

Press green <go> key

The company menu appears with current ticker information on top.

To look up a Company by Name:

Press yellow <equity> key

Press green <go> key

Choose Finding Equities by Typing 1. Press <go>

Choose Ticker Symbol lookup (by typing two or tk). Press <go>

Type in partial company name and press <go> (start with the first 3 letters if you don’t get results the first time).

Type the line # of your company and press <go>

The company menu appears with current ticker information on top.

To look up a Company’s Latest Stock Price:

Type Ticker symbol

Press green <quote 1> key

Or, for more detailed information press green <quote 2> key

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Analytics functions or shortcuts for equities:

To use, follow this syntax: TICKER [F8 yellow equity key] SHORTCUT <go>.

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BETA

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BETA page for your equity

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CACS

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Corporate action calender-good for finding merger information

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CH1

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Financial Summary

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CH2

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Income Statements

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CH3

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Balance Sheets

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CN

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Company news

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COMP

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Comparative returns

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DES

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Description, profile and financial summary

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DVD

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Dividend information

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EDGR

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Edgar filings

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ERN

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Company earnings

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FA

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Fundamental Analysis

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HH

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Hoover’s Handbook entry, if it exists

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HP or GP

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Historical Prices or Graphical Historical Prices

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RV

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Relative value of the company compared to others in the same industry

News Functions:

To use, follow this syntax: SHORTCUT <go>.

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N

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Gives you access to a broad range of categorized news articles

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NEWS

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News search options

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TOP

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Gives you the top Bloomberg news headlines

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TOPSTK

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Stock market news

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TOPBON

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Bond market news

Equity Index Information:

Comparing Index Performance: To compare the performance of up to three indexes press the yellow F10 [INDEX] key followed by COMP and [GO]. On the template that appears use the [TAB] key to enter the codes of the indexes you wish to compare. Press [GO] and a graph and table showing comparative returns/yields will appear.

Total Return Analysis: The total return analysis provides the following information for any chosen index; price, dividends, price appreciation and total return/yield. To run a total return analysis use the following syntax: Index Code [INDEX] TRA [GO]. To run a total return analysis on the S&P Small Cap Index, for example, you would type: SML [INDEX] TRA [GO].

Index Descriptions: To get a description of any index, including the list of stocks that make up the index, type the index code [INDEX] DES [GO]. For example, NYA [INDEX] DES [GO].

To find equity indexes, follow this syntax: SHORTCUT [F10 yellow index key] <go>.

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BBREIT

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BBG Reit Index

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BIPO

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Bloomberg IPO Index

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BGX

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CBOE Biotech Index

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INDU

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Dow Jones Industrial Average

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UTIL

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Dow Jones Utility Average

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TRAN

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Dow Jones Transportation Average

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COMP

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Dow Jones Composite Average

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NDX

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NASDAQ 100 Stock Index

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CCMP

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NASDAQ Combined Composite Index

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NYA

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NYSE Composite Index

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NN

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NYSE Utilities Index

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NHB

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NYSE Beta Index

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RIY

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Russell 1000 Index

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RTA

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Russell 2000 Index

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RAY

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Russell 3000 Index

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SPX

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S & P 500 Index

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OEX

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S & P 100 Index

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MID

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S & P Mid Cap Index

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SPXT

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S & P Transportation

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SPXF

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S & P Financials Index

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SPXU

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S & P Utilities Index

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SPXI

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S & P Industrials Index

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SML

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S & P Small Cap Index

Economy Functions:

To use, follow this syntax: SHORTCUT <go>.

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BBSE

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Survey of economists on their economic outlook views

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ECO

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Displays a calendar of economic releases (includes a survey)

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ECST

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World economic statistics

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EIU

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Economist Intelligence Unit

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FOMC

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Find out what the Fed is doing

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WECO

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World economic calendar

Other Frequently Useful Bloomberg Functions / Analytics:

To use, follow this syntax: SHORTCUT <go>.

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ACDR

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Earnings announcement calendar

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BTMM

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Monitor major rates, securities and economic releases for a selected country

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BU

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Menu of Bloomberg tutorials

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CBQ

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Country Quotes

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ESNP

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Economic Statistics Snapshots

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FMC

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Compare fair market sector yield curves

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GRAB

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Email a Bloomberg screen

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IBQ

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Industry Analysis

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IM

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World Market Monitors

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IMOV

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Equity Index movers

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IYC

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International Yield Curves

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IRSB

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Interest rate swap rates

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JOBS

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Listing of employment opportunities

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LAST

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Gives you a list of recently entered commands

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MA

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Mergers and Acquisitions search

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MMR

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Money market rate monitors

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MOST

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Displays the most active stocks for a selected exchange

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VST

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Vital statistics menu

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WB

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World Bond Market

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WBF

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World Bond Futures

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WEI

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Monitor World Equity Indexes

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WIR

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Interest rate futures

For more help see our Frequently Asked Bloomberg Questions.