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rrjjgg - If I understand your concern, it is that TIE doesn't show up when you run the screener.

From the Command Translation:

Universe Start (by union): 19620102
Universe End (by union): 20201023
Retrospective Limit: 800

Screen Number: 0
Base ID: 1
Cycle Count: 1
Pricing Starts: 19960605
Pricing Ends: 20190712
Trading Opens: 19960605
Trading Closes: 20190712
Cycle Offset: 0
Holding Period: 1
Friction: 0%
Command: ./backtest cmdnum=3439 cmdup=3438 cmdtop=3438 yticker=TIE fbfile=sub/_509f266fcd8d931050e7b089c390f6f1/feedback.0000.txt
[Yahoo! Ticker Symbol] == 'TIE'
. . . .

As you noted, TIE was acquired. Hence, pricing ends on 20190712 (and therefore won't show up on the screener after that date).

I think what you want to do is append TIE to its successor in the Universe Builder.

s20190713::XXX (follow on ticker symbol) Sorry, I can't remember if the start date needs to be a trading day, but GTR1 will let you know if there is a problem.

This will maintain your 4-stock universe through present date.

Hope this helps.

For what it's worth, I used the Dummies Manual (section: BUILDING A CUSTOM UNIVERSE) to look up this information.
Hint: make sure the Navigation pane is open in Word to quickly find the right section. Much easier than searching through all of Robbie's many posts on the Universe Builder. At least for me.

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