Two-Way Quote


DEFINITION of 'Two-Way Quote'

A type of quote that gives both the bid and the ask price of a security, informing would-be traders of the current price at which they could buy or sell the security. The two-way quote also shows the spread between the bid and the ask, giving traders an idea of the current liquidity in the security (a smaller spread indicates more liquidity).


This type of quote provides more information to users than a last-trade quote, which quotes only the price at which the security last traded.

An example of a two-way quote would be: Citigroup quote of $52.50/$53.30.
This tells traders they can currently purchase Citigroup shares for $53.30 or sell them for $52.50. The spread between the bid and the ask is $0.80 ($53.30-$52.50).

  1. Liquidity

    The degree to which an asset or security can be quickly bought ...
  2. Security

    A financial instrument that represents an ownership position ...
  3. Left-Hand Side

    The bid side in a two-way price quote. A two-way price quote ...
  4. Ask

    The price a seller is willing to accept for a security, also ...
  5. Bid-Ask Spread

    The amount by which the ask price exceeds the bid. This is essentially ...
  6. Bid

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