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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.
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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.
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The price at which a security is offered for sale. Also called offer. See also best ask. Compare bid.
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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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However, two cities bucked the trend - Glasgow and Edinburgh - where properties sell at [pounds sterling]6,510 and [pounds sterling]14,351 above asking prices respectively.
The smallest annual percentage increase was recorded in Wales, where average asking prices have edged up by 0.6% or [pounds sterling]981 over 2015 to reach [pounds sterling]163,453.
Across England and Wales, sellers' asking prices are now 6.8% or PS16,251 higher than they were a year ago and in London they have seen annual growth of 11.3% according to the website, whose records go back to 2002.
The current average asking price is 2% up on August 2007, the month before the run on Northern Rock, but is an average of 13% lower in real terms when compared to retail price inflation over the same period.
Greater competition to attract buyers amid "muted demand" has prompted the largest July fall since 2008 when asking prices fell 1.8%.
A six-story apartment building at 31 Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn is on the market with an asking price of $13.75 million.
Buyers need to be well equipped before they even consider making an offer - remembering that the seller's asking prices are often unrealistic, claims the Homebuyers' Guide
Unlike in the residential market, it is common for buyers in the senior housing marketplace to offer less than the asking price. Buyers reason that they will never know if you will accept less than your asking price unless they ask, and so it is rare for an initial offer to be at your asking price.
Obviously, when making a bid, you shouldn't pay the asking price. "The asking price is a starting point," says broker Mike Teer.
As well as Wales, new average asking price records were reached in three regions across the border this month - the East Midlands (PS230,462), the North West of England (PS200,744), and Yorkshire and the Humber (PS194,581).
Across Britain, the average asking price is PS308,290 - PS2,841 or 0.9 per cent higher than in April, according to the figures from Rightmove.
NEARLY two in every five homes on the market have had their original asking price cut - with Newcastle among the areas with the biggest price drop - according to new research.