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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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House sellers' average asking prices jumped by over PS2,000 in February
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7% or PS2,277 month-on-month increase in September took the average asking price for a home across England and Wales to PS306,499.
Rightmove saw asking prices increase by 1% month-on-month across England and Wales in January to reach PS243,861 on average, marking the biggest monthly jump it has seen for this time of year in records going back to 2002.
THE housing market revival continued in August despite the month seeing the first dip in sellers' asking prices this year so far, a property website has reported.
THE end of the worst property crash in history could be in sight after the asking prices for houses in the capital rose for the first time in six years.
The website suggested that sellers are becoming more likely to hold firm on their asking prices amid signs that the market is improving.
HOUSE sellers slashed asking prices by 3% during the past month in the worst December performance for three years, says research out today.
That's the conclusion of her firm's quarterly Price Change Analysis Report, which tracks the increases and decreases in asking prices for various-sized units in Manhattan, where over 15,000 apartments currently are listed for sale.