Pre-Market

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Pre-Market

Describing trading that occurs on a security before an exchange opens for the day. Pre-market trading is often less liquid than regular trading because participation by market makers is voluntary, whereas market makers are required to serve as a counterparty for a security during trading hours. However, pre-market trading can give some indication on the likely direction of the security's price movement over the course of the trading day. See also: After-hours trading.
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer and a barometer of consumer spending, fell 2.5 percent to $77.86 in premarket trade after posting a quarterly profit that missed Wall Street expectations, with sales down 1.4 percent at U.S.
3M Co lost 2.4 percent to $90.33 in premarket trade after the diversified U.S.
Phase Forward shares jumped 29 percent to $16.89 in premarket trade.
Shares in Halliburton rose 1.1 percent in premarket trade to $30.90 per share.