market price


Definition of market price

: a price actually given in current market dealings

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So when volatility is high and the market prices for bond ETFs and their holdings are moving quickly, the ETFs’ prices may not match the value of their underlying assets at any given point during the day. Dan Weil, WSJ, "The Pros and Cons of Bond Funds vs. Individual Bonds," 6 Jan. 2019 In order to do it, the bonds will have to be purchased at market prices and euro-area central banks cannot take a loss from the sale. Viktoria Dendrinou,, "Greek Debt Talks: the Main Relief Measures Being Considered," 18 June 2018 The house has since sold several times at market prices and recent owners have publicly promoted it as a tourist attraction. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "What if the suspected East Area Rapist's home went on the market? Would you buy? | The Sacramento Bee," 25 May 2018 When electricity customers are involuntarily shifted to other providers, their electricity rates increase overnight because the new rates are market prices with no incentive pricing. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Breeze Energy told to stop selling electricity," 1 June 2018 While investors have fretted that stocks and credit are overvalued this year, in one market prices may be at their most balanced in years: currencies. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Stable Dollar Keeps Global Markets From Blowout," 19 Apr. 2018 Vanadium surged to $29 a pound last month, according to Argus Media Ltd., which assesses market prices. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Vanadium Is Used to Strengthen Steel and China Can’t Get Enough of It," 27 Dec. 2018 Any agreement below market price for Sabic would inject less capital into the sovereign-wealth fund and likely force down Sabic’s listed shares, hurting minority shareholders, analysts say. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Aramco Fights $70 Billion Price Tag for Saudi Chemicals Giant," 12 Sep. 2018 Among the transactions raising red flags is a September 2017 invoice presented to Venezuela’s food ministry by Group Grand for $41 million worth of powdered milk at a price of $6,950 per metric ton — more than double the market price at the time. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "As Venezuelans go hungry, Trump targets food corruption," 24 Sep. 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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