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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.
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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.
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The price at which a security is offered for sale. Also called offer. See also best ask. Compare bid.
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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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The coefficient on the ask price is close to zero and is not statistically significant for the high-strength subsample.
The most straightforward approach to estimating this relationship is to include the ask price in a standard hedonic regression.
In the base specification, we measure the independent effect of the ask price on offers by including the difference between the ask price and the computer's value (the "spread") as an explanatory variable.
The magnitude of the coefficient for the low-strength subsample suggests that for each dollar that the ask price exceeds the estimate of the computer's value, the highest offer for that computer is higher by 36 cents.
The coefficient on the interaction term also suggests that the impact of the ask price varies depending on market strength.
In this section we assess the effect of the ask price on time to sale.
The right-hand-side variable of interest is the log-difference between the ask price and the computer's value.
The coefficient on the log-difference between the ask price and the computer's value is significant in the specification without the interaction term.
TABLE 3 Effect of Ask Price on Offers Market Strength Variable All Value 0.852 ** 0.853 ** (0.105) (0.105) Ask-value 0.340 ** 0.292 spread (0.087) (0.247) Ask-value spread * 0.001 market strength (0.003) Value * time since 0.006 ** 0.006 ** offer (0.001) (0.001) Ask-value spread * -0.004 ** -0.004 ** Time since offer (0.001) (0.001) Time since offer 1.603 ** 1.645 ** (0.688) (0.718) Extra RAM 0.001 0.05 (0.587) (0.636 Extra HD space 38.99 ** 39.90 ** (18.31) (19.04) Market strength 1.418 1.317 (1.382) (1.481) Inverse Mill's 64.16 107.47 ratio (66.69) (84.60) N 165 Adj.