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I’m trying to sell some shares at a sell price of 0.5. I can see from the buy/sell history over the past few days that shares are being purchased for 0.6 and others sold for 0.4.

My question is why are my shares not being made available to the buyers paying 0.5? Is there something I need to do in my sell instructions?

EDIT: Yes it was a limit order sell. I presume it must have been an All-Or-None although I can’t find a way of selecting All-Or-None with my broker. All-Or-None might be their default when placing sell orders.

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  • What kind of order did you place? Is it a limit order?
    – Flux
    Oct 29, 2020 at 22:50

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I'm trying to sell some shares at a sell price of 0.5. I can see from the buy/sell history over the past few days that shares are being purchased for 0.6 and others sold for 0.4.

You are looking at the last trade prices. This is information from the past. What is important to you now is how much others are willing to pay to buy your shares now. For this, you will need to look at the current bid prices instead of the last trade prices.

See: Can someone explain a stock's "bid" vs. "ask" price relative to "current" price?

My question is why are my shares not being made available to the buyers paying 0.5? Is there something I need to do in my sell instructions?

Assuming you have placed a sell limit order: One possibility is that the current bids (i.e. the prices others are willing to pay for your shares) are all less than 0.50, and there are no market orders that have taken your 0.50 offer thus far.

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  • One possibility is that the current bids (i.e. the prices others are willing to pay for your shares) are all less than 0.50, and there are no market orders that have taken your 0.50 offer thus far. The OP indicated that the stock has traded at 40 cents during the past few days so that means that the the ask prices was below his sell price of 50 cents. Oct 30, 2020 at 0:00
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Without a stock symbol and the details of your sell order, there's no way to know what's going on.

My guess at a reason why your order did not sell could be that you placed an AON order (All Or None) and not enough shares were available to fill your entire order so there was no fill at all.

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