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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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Another source of equilibrium ask price dispersion arises in models with many sellers.
These models find that a higher variance of buyers' valuations leads to higher ask prices, because the profitability of the high ask price strategy grows.
The role of the ask price in such a setting might be similar to that in housing markets.
Competing Explanations for an Empirically Significant Ask Price
Finally, for similar reasons of market strength, the signaling model predicts a negative relationship between the ask price and time to sale, whereas the search model predicts a positive relationship.
The next row shows the average log-difference between the ask price and the computer's value.
To measure the effect of the ask price, we also include the log-difference between the ask price and the independent assessment of the computer's value as a right-hand-side variable: (28)
The coefficient on the ask price is close to zero and is not statistically significant for the high-strength subsample.
This constitutes a rejection of a perfect information model in which ask price should be irrelevant and is also inconsistent with the hypothesis that higher ask prices reflect the presence of unobservable product characteristics.
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.
Thus it would probably have both a lower ask price and lower offers--but these would reflect differences in the true value of the computer.