Questions tagged [limit-order]

A limit order is an order placed with a brokerage to execute a buy or sell transaction of a set number of shares and at a specified limit price or better.

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How do exchanges match limit orders?

Say a security has been trading at under $20.10, and there are limit orders selling at $20.10 and $20.21. Then Simon issues a limit order to buy at $20.21. According to this explanation, Simon would ...
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What is the final price if the bid price exceeds the ask price in an order driven market? [duplicate]

Let's assume a very simplified situation. There is only one seller asking for 10$ and there is only one buyer bidding 20$. At what price would the transaction go? Some answers say it won't, because ...
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How are unmarketable market orders (other side of the order book is empty) matched with incoming orders? [duplicate]

Note: This question is erroneously marked as a duplicate. It concerns a very specific situation with unfulfillable market orders in very illiquid markets, one that no other discussion here has covered....
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What price is a limit buy and a limit sell order settled at?

A market has an existing limit buy order at $1.00. The market then receives a limit sell order at $0.95, what price is the transaction settled at?
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Price/Time priority order matching - limit order starvation

Under price/Time priority order matching, market orders get priority over limit orders. How is starvation of limit orders prevented? By starvation, I am referring to the case where limit orders don't ...
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Why use a stop-limit order instead of a limit order?

"A limit order is an order to buy or sell a stock at a specific price or better. A buy limit order can only be executed at the limit price or lower, and a sell limit order can only be executed at the ...
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Choosing the limit when making a limit order?

I am a long term investor that periodically (several times per month) adds to existing positions. I usually place my orders for stocks before the market opens. I use limit orders primarily to protect ...
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Is a stop-limit sell order executed purely on a first come first served basis?

The difference between a stop-limit order and a stop or limit order is explained very eloquently in this response: Selling is the same, but the directions are opposite. Suppose the stock in the ...
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Is the best ask price the ask at the “top” of the order book? What is the “top” of the book?

In the level 2 book from BATS with live data, the right hand part of the page shows the best Bid(s) and the Best Ask(s). Example: How come the best Ask is not at the top of the book? From what i ...
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Protecting onself from steep losses with a stop-limit sell order

I would like to get some feedback if there are any obvious flaws with this strategy of limiting my losses when there's a steep drop in stock price due to negative report after hours. Suppose I own ...
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How are market orders matched? [duplicate]

I'm trying to gain some insight into how orders on an exchange are matched to design a proof of concept matching system. Am I correct in assuming market orders are immediately executed against the ...
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Can a buy market order be matched with a sell market order in Forex trading?

Should Market-orders be always matched with Limit-orders with best price on the opposite book? Or is there a case scenario where a Market-order could be matched with another Market-order? At which ...