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Market Order
June 07 , 2012

A market order is a request to buy or sell shares at the prevailing market price. It is in contrast to the 'Limit Order', where a purchase or sale price is specified.

For instance, the last traded price of Infosys maybe Rs 3,000. If I place a market order to purchase 10 shares of Infosys, the stock exchange would look at what is called the sell side of the order book. This gives the quantities of shares sellers have offered to sell, at different prices. The order of 10 shares is matched against the lowest sale price in this book, and the order is executed. So if there was an offer for 5 shares at Rs 3005 and another 10 shares at Rs 3,010, the buyer would get 5 shares each at Rs 3,005 and Rs 3,010.

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