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Two-Way Quote Definition
A two-way quote indicates both the current bid price and current ask price of a security. To a trader, it is more informative than the usual last-trade quote.
Ask Size Definition
Ask size is the amount of a security that a market maker is offering to sell at the ask price.
Inside Quote Definition
Inside quotes are the best bid and ask prices offered to buy and sell a security amongst market makers. These quotes are not visible to most retail investors.
Market Price Definition
The market price is the cost of an asset or service. In a market economy, the market price of an asset or service fluctuates based on supply and demand and future expectations of the asset or service.
Hockey Stick Bidding Definition
Hockey stick bidding is a pricing practice in which a market supplier offers an extremely high price for a small portion of a good or service.
A bid bond is a debt secured by a bidder for a construction job, or similar type of bid-based selection process, for the purpose of providing a guarantee to the project owner that the bidder will take on the job if selected.
Price Continuity Definition
Price continuity is a characteristic of a liquid market in which there are many buyers and sellers for a given security and bid-ask spreads are narrow.
Price Improvement Definition
Price improvement involves attaining a higher bid price, if selling a stock, or a lower ask price, if buying a stock, than the quoted price.
Bid Wanted Definition
Bid wanted refers to an investor's announcement that the investor is selling a security, telling interested parties that they can send in bids.
Bid support has many meanings within the financial industry, and can refer to stock price manipulation or supporting a takeover bid.