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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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Thus we cannot directly estimate the relationship between ask prices and sale prices.
In general, the search models predict that higher ask prices should indicate a willingness on the part of the seller to hold out for a higher offer.
We find that computers with high ask prices (relative to their value) receive fewer offers.
more idiosyncratic) markets, there is a positive relationship between ask prices and outstanding offers.
Using these data, we find that high ask prices extend time to sale and that the relationship is stronger in thinner market segments.
Our conclusion is that despite the prevalence of information in the market, ask prices play a role consistent with the predictions of search models.
In this section we discuss some models that explain a functional role for ask prices.
We should note first that in a perfect information setting with costless search, ask prices will play no functional role.
Models that incorporate ask prices into the search framework typically take two approaches, both of which involve justifying a negative relationship between the ask price and the arrival rate of buyers.
These models can motivate variation in ask prices for identical goods in two ways.
First, higher ask prices will be associated with higher transaction prices.
High ask prices will be associated with higher outstanding offers but will receive fewer offers and have a longer time to sale.