Stock Quote


DEFINITION of 'Stock Quote'

The price of a stock as quoted on an exchange. A basic quote for a specific stock provides information, such as its bid and ask price, last-traded price and volume traded. Investors increasingly access stock quotes online or on mobile devices, such as smartphones, rather than through print media such as newspapers and magazines. A large number of Internet portals and websites offer delayed stock quotes at no charge, with real-time stock quotes generally restricted to paying subscribers.


All stocks in the U.S. have been quoted in decimals, rather than fractions, since April 9, 2001. As a result, bid-ask spreads have contracted dramatically, with spreads for the most widely traded stocks now as small as a penny, compared with 1/16th of a dollar (or $0.0625) earlier. Decimal pricing has resulted in substantial savings on transaction costs to U.S. investors because of tighter bid-ask spreads.

  1. Real-Time Quote

    This is the actual price of a security at that moment in time. ...
  2. Ask

    The price a seller is willing to accept for a security, also ...
  3. Bond Quote

    The price at which a bond is trading. A bond quote is typically ...
  4. Decimalization

    A system where security prices are quoted using a decimal format ...
  5. Quote

    1. The last price at which a security or commodity traded, meaning ...
  6. Bid

    1. An offer made by an investor, a trader or a dealer to buy ...
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