ask size


The number of shares that are being offered for sale at the ask price, often expressed in terms of hundreds of shares. Some traders try to use the bid size and ask size to measure impending short term upward or downward pressure on the stock's price. This can work for stocks on exchanges such as NYSE and AMEX, but is far less useful on Nasdaq, which has market makers ready to buy and sell shares, rather than specialists who balance books of buy and sell orders.

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You should try and make sure that you are getting an ask size that you can deal with before you agree on the price.

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I wondered what the ask size was of the thing and it made me question what was going on and what was going to happen.

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The ask size was communicated to us by the broker who said the lot was larger than normal but the deal we had been discussing was still possible.

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