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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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He said: "It would have been a big ask even with the likes of Chris Sutton and John Hartson available.
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Former England skipper Gatting said: "We have only one or two warm-up matches so it's going to be a big ask from him to get back to his best, even someone of his ability.
The squad that goes to France in September will give their all and I think they will do the country proud, but clearly, to win a World Cup - no country has won it twice in succession - and where we are with our stage of development, it is a big ask.
It might be a big task, they might even have a big question to answer, but never in a month of sodding Sundays is it a big ask.
It is a big ask because we need results elsewhere to go our way but we are not throwing the towel in.
It's a big ask for us to get to the play-offs but a win over Leeds will start to give people the belief that we can actually do it.
We're bringing in updates all the time but for any team to find a second is a big ask over the next couple of races.