market price


Definition of market price

: a price actually given in current market dealings

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Any additional fuel needed for the research reactor would be purchased by Iran at international market prices, according to the pact. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Iran surpasses uranium enrichment limit in its first major breach of nuclear deal," 9 July 2019 In the three seasons that have passed since his disappointing Old Trafford return, the market prices for footballers have gone through the roof, meaning Real will struggle to land their man for anything less than what the Red Devils paid Juve., "Real Madrid Preparing 'Imminent' €80m Bid for Paul Pogba as Transfer Saga Continues," 7 July 2019 Now some economics: Early econ students learn that as market prices rise, producers crank out more. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Oil prices, war, and a bad corn crop," 23 June 2019 In 2012, when the market price of coffee was $2 per pound, Carrillo made a nice profit. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Falling coffee prices drive Guatemalan migration to the United States," 12 June 2019 Not everything is required to be valued at market prices. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "When the Fever Passes, Learn From Trump’s Taxes," 12 Oct. 2018 These charges often have no connection to underlying market prices, costs or quality. Jon Hamilton, Dallas News, "Austin woman's spinal surgery brings back-breaking $94,000 bill a year later," 20 June 2019 Starbucks adds a premium on top of the global market price for producers certified by its Coffee And Farmer Equity (CAFE) Practices division. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Falling coffee prices drive Guatemalan migration to the United States," 12 June 2019 But these government purchase programs build up huge surpluses that are hard to dispose of without depressing market prices. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weather, bad crops and lasting effects," 9 June 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of market price

What It Is

Market price is the price of an asset or product as determined by supply and demand.

How It Works

In the broadest sense, an item's market price lies at the point of intersection between the available supply of the good or service and market demand for it. Any shift in the supply or demand affects an item's market price. If demand is held constant, a decline in supply results in a rise in its market price and vice versa. Likewise, if supply is held constant, a rise in the demand for an item results in a rise in its market price and vice versa.

Why It Matters

The market price is the price at which a good or service is bought and sold most efficiently. However, in the real world, there is a great deal of enthusiasm for policies that impact market prices. Rent control laws in New York City, production quotas adopted by OPEC nations and trade barriers enacted by national governments are all example of policies that affect market prices in the real world.

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English Language Learners Definition of market price

: the price at which a product can be sold at a particular time

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Legal Definition of market price

1 : the price at which a security is currently selling on the market

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