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Top Market Data (Level I)

Using the TWS API, you can request real time market data for trading and analysis. From the API, market data returned from the function IBApi.EClient.reqMktData corresponds to market data displayed in TWS watchlists. This data is not tick-by-tick but consists of aggregated snapshots taken at intra-second intervals which differ depending on the type of instrument:

Tick-by-tick data has been available since TWS v969 and API v973.04. In TWS, tick-by-tick data is available in the Time & Sales Window. From the API, this corresponds to the function IBApi.EClient.reqTickByTickData. The maximum number of simultaneous tick-by-tick subscriptions allowed for a user is determined by the same formula used to calculate maximum number of market depth subscriptions Limitations.