Published On: Thu, Apr 4th, 2013

Market Price

The market price is the price at which a stock can currently be bought or sold for.

The price can fluctuate as a result of many different things including a company’s reported earnings and when significant changes in management occur (think Steve Jobs and Apple). A market quote is the most recent best bid and ask prices for a given stock. This information is generated by the stock’s specialist, a member of the exchange. A market order, sometimes called an unrestricted order, is an order an investor places with their broker or brokerage service to immediately buy or sell a stock at the best available price.

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- Marcus Holland has been trading the financial markets since 2007 with a particular focus on soft commodities. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in Business and Finance.