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Highest bid and lowest offer (asked) price currently available on a security or a commodity.
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1. The highest price that a buyer is willing to pay for a security and the lowest price that a seller is willing to receive. The quote is displayed on a ticker and provides investors with the current price for each security.

2. On an exchange, the last price at which a security, commodity, or derivative traded. This changes throughout a trading day and is recorded on the ticker.
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A statement or listing of the price at which a security trades. A quotation is often the last price at which the trade took place, but occasionally it is the current bid and ask. For example, a quotation of $15-$15.25 means that the market maker is willing to buy at $15 per share (the bid) and sell at $15.25 per share (the ask). Also called quote.
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Quotation (Quote).

On a stock market, a quotation combines the highest bid to buy and the lowest ask to sell a stock.

For example, if the quotation on DaveCo stock is "20 to 20.07," it means that the highest price that any buyer wants to pay is $20, and the lowest price that any seller wants to take is $20.07.

How that spread is resolved depends on whether the stock is traded on an auction market, such as the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), or on a dealer market, such as the Nasdaq Stock Market, where the price is negotiated by market makers.

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  1. the price and terms on which a firm is prepared to supply a good or service. Quotations often include detailed technical specifications of the product to be supplied, delivery dates and credit terms. Several suppliers may quote for a contract put out to TENDER by the purchaser.
  2. the price at which a MARKET MAKER is prepared to buy or sell a FINANCIAL SECURITY (STOCKS. SHARES etc.) or FOREIGN CURRENCY. Market makers often quote two prices, the price at which they are prepared to buy a financial security or currency and the price at which they are prepared to sell the security or currency
  3. permission from a STOCK MARKET'S regulatory authority for a company's shares to be traded ‘in that market. See LISTED COMPANY.
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The muse en abyme of literary quotations and references from which they are constructed is, indeed, as hypnotic as the two abysses that were Princess Mary's undoing: the first occasioning Pechorin's long confession which brought tears to her eyes, and the other, the dizzying ride through a mountain stream, which gave him an opportunity to kiss her for the first time.
Similarly, rather than pursue a systematic argument of his own, Wood often prefers to hold up to the light the remarks of others treating them in much the way he treats literary quotations. As he modifies and massages in this way, literature comes to be respected as an unknowable knower in something of the way that living persons might be, whether to others or to themselves.
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Throughout the exhibition, everything is tagged with wide-ranging literary quotations which can tend towards the obscure: for example, Voltaire's "No one has ever found or will ever find."
Werther seems dedicated to the ideology of the original genius, which the novel, full as it is of literary quotations, undermines.
The first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Quotations was published in 1997.
Taken as a whole, the thirty-one needleworks on display - featuring everything from conventional decorative motifs to embroidered appropriations of modern and contemporary art to literary quotations addressing the metaphoric implications of sewing and weaving - constitute a kind of perverse cataloguing of the sampler qua artistic medium: "perverse" because modernism's emphasis on medium-specificity is precisely what allows it to distinguish high art from lowly craft (and, by extension, "masculine" aesthetics from "feminine" ornament), but more interestingly because, under Reichek's nimble fingers, the sampler's essential property reveals itself to be the ability to elude the very categorical logic on which a modernist notion of medium is based.
The most detailed treatment is reserved for Gruppenbild mit Dame, in which literary quotations parallel the value systems of the characters, whereas the quotations from documentary sources contrast with them; this in turn relates to Boll's critique of 'documentary literature' in general Leni's creative reading transforms the 'pre-texts'.