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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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8 per cent or PS2,258 month-onmonth price fall took the average asking price to PS292,284 across England and Wales, according to property website Rightmove.
The analysis of Zoopla's data by the Coventry Telegraph found that asking prices in Slough were the most inflated in the UK when compared to the market value estimates.
Asking prices for properties in Wales have fallen this month <B
Rightmove has reported that house sellers' asking prices fell steeply by 2.
The North was the only region where sellers' asking prices were down year-on-year, with a 0.
A Trulia Trends report written by Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko noted, "Four metros have seen asking prices jump more than 25 percent year-over-year: Las Vegas; Sacramento, Oakland and Riverside-San Bernardino [California].
Rightmove research also shows a narrowing of the average gap between last advertised asking price on Rightmove and sold price recorded with the Land Registry.
Rightmove predicted national asking prices would at best remain flat in 2011 but could fall by up to 5 per cent because of forced sales and if a rise in repossessions leads to "distressed sales" by lenders.
The Dowds bought a home in a golf course community in Banning early this year, then put their three-bedroom 1950s home in Covina on the market in February, expecting it to sell quickly for the $565,000 asking price.
The best asking price is that which is well supported by the information contained in the offering package.
Kalman attributed December's price decrease largely to continued softness among homes with asking prices over a million dollars, which comprises one fourth of the inventory.
HOUSE sellers' average asking prices are just PS30 below their all-time high levels as a lack of choice for buyers adds to the upward pressure on values, Rightmove has reported.