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This is the quoted ask, or the lowest price an investor will accept to sell a stock. Practically speaking, this is the quoted offer at which an investor can buy shares of stock; also called the offer price.


The lowest price for which a seller is willing to sell some asset. When one makes a buy order, one may order a broker to buy at the ask, which is simply the best price currently available. The difference between the ask and the bid is called the bid-ask spread, which is a key measure of liquidity.


The price at which a security is offered for sale. Also called offer. See also best ask. Compare bid.


The ask price (a shortening of asked price) is the price at which a market maker or broker offers to sell a security or commodity.

The price another market maker or broker is willing to pay for that security is called the bid price, and the difference between the two prices is called the spread.

Bid and ask prices are typically reported to the media for commodities and over-the-counter (OTC) transactions. In contrast, last, or closing, prices are reported for exchange-traded and national market securities.

With open-end mutual funds, the ask price is the net asset value (NAV), or the price you get if you sell, plus the sales charge, if one applies.

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Friends of the Earth's Big Ask campaign enables people in Wales to ask for change and get answers'.
In short, it's going to be a big ask for Ireland to get anywhere close to what is the rugby equivalent of Kilkenny's four-in-a-row side, but they need a big performance in what will be their last game before the Six Nations.
It will be a big ask for Oldershaw in the last stage with Wilmslow three leagues above them.
Repeating that is a big ask but having kept the squad together they aim to give it a good crack.
I am pleased to support Friends of the Earth's Big Ask climate campaign and its call for a climate change Bill requiring annual cuts in UK carbon dioxide emissions.
I was very impressed, as it was a big ask on her first run back on that ground.
It is all going very well and I am very pleased, but whether he will be ready for the game in Paris on Saturday is a big ask, it really is.
It's a big ask but there are certainly similarities between the two players.
It would be a massive big ask (to face Italy)," said Murphy.
Carluke boss Colin Slater said: "It was a big ask to win here but the score flattered them a bit.
I love the club and while it's a big ask I've never shirked a challenge in my life.
Jim Bolger, trainer of Sioduil "She's well but it's a big ask for her.