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Definition of market price 

: a price actually given in current market dealings

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Abreu is like the cute, lived-in bungalow on the cul-de-sac whose market price will fall well short of an inflated number the seller truly seeks for reasons difficult to explain. David Haugh,, "No apology necessary: White Sox All-Star Jose Abreu worth keeping more than trading," 11 July 2018 Surging transportation costs are also crimping margins for shippers, as strong demand and near-record spot-market prices give carriers leverage in freight contracts. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "CMA CGM Buys Into Logistics; Trading in Cars; Oil Prices Pumped Up," 20 Apr. 2018 By historical standards, market prices have looked inflated for several years. Evan Horowitz,, "Volatile stocks hint at a crisis of faith among investors," 4 Apr. 2018 The disclosure is the latest blow for Nissan, one of Japan’s three biggest automakers and a symbol of the country’s ability to turn out quality products at mass-market prices. Carlos Tejada, New York Times, "Nissan Workers in Japan Falsified Emissions Tests, Review Says," 9 July 2018 Dinner items are a tad pricier, especially ultra-fresh seafood items at market prices, but high quality for the money. Kate Washington, sacbee, "Seafood is a real strength at this new dim-sum spot in Sacramento's central city | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 What is the real market price for a hip replacement? Steve Cohen, WSJ, "You Can’t Put a Price on a Hip Replacement, and That’s a Problem," 13 July 2018 But the draft remains this archaic construct, this way to control labor and boost up teams who either can’t or won’t pay market prices for talent. Will Leitch, Daily Intelligencer, "The NBA Draft Is Great. It’s Also Totally Un-American.," 20 June 2018 That discount can change as the market prices change. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018

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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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