75 a share, the gap between the buy and sell price would shrink to 25 cents.
If the new Securities and Exchange Commission rules work as intended, customers can place orders for Nasdaq stocks at prices competitive to the buy and sell prices posted by professional traders - potentially lowering trading costs.
A locked market occurs when the bid price equals the sell price in the same security, and a crossed market occurs when the bid price is greater than the sell price of a security.
The firm raised its bid without purchasing any stock in an effort to make Friday's opening print price equal to or exceed Thursday's closing sell price.
The SEC's report highly criticized the conduct of Nasdaq dealers, particularly for colluding to keep buy and sell prices artificially wide, which served to increase trading costs for investors.
That could sharply reduce investors' trading costs by narrowing the gap between the buy and sell prices.