DEFINITION of 'Ax'

The market maker who is most central to the price action of a specific security. The ax can be identified by spending several days studying level II quotes and noting which market maker seems to have the greatest effect on the security's price.

BREAKING DOWN 'Ax'

Identifying the ax is a common strategy among day traders, and trading in the same direction as this market maker can drastically increase a trader's odds of making successful trades. Any given stock can have several market makers, and the ax for any given security can change every day. It may take a trader several days to determine which market maker is primarily controlling the action of a certain stock.

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RELATED FAQS
  1. What is the difference between a broker and a market maker?

    A broker is an intermediary who has a license to buy and sell securities on a client's behalf. Stockbrokers coordinate contracts ... Read Answer >>
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    An earnings surprise is an event where the earnings of a company are greater or lower than the predictions put forth by analysts, ... Read Answer >>
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    What's the main difference between a specialist and a market maker? Not much. Both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) specialist ... Read Answer >>
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    The over-the-counter bulletin board (OTCBB) is a regulated quotation service for over-the-counter (OTC) securities. The securities ... Read Answer >>
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    The process of purchasing over-the-counter (OTC) stocks is different than purchasing stock from companies on the NYSE and ... Read Answer >>
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