The bid price is the highest price which a buyer is willing to pay for a stock option. Conversely, this is the price that the stock or option may be sold for when a market order is used.
In order to ensure good liquidity in the stock and options market, we need to evaluate the difference between the ask and bid price, or the Bid-Ask Spread.
The bid price can be used in OptionAutomator's Brutus Options Ranker as a criterion to be balanced against other conflicting criteria in the user's strategy tree.
The bid price is the most competitive price for a stock or an option at which a buyer is willing to purchase the asset. Conversely, this is the price that the stock or option may be sold at when a market order is used. [click to read more]
A market maker or liquidity provider is a company, or an individual, that quotes both a buy and a sell price in a financial instrument or commodity held in inventory, hoping to make a profit on the bid-offer spread, or turn. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission defines a ‘“market maker’” as a firm that stands ready to buy and sell stock on a regular and continuous basis at a publicly quoted price.
It's the difference between the bid and ask price offered. Liquid contracts or contracts with a higher trading volume mostly have a tighter Bid/Ask spread, and a contract that has a lower trading volume generally have more room between the Bid and Ask price.[click to read more]
The difference between the bid price and ask price which indicates how close the buyers and sellers are to an average price. Liquid stocks and options have small (tight) bid/ask spreads, which ensures good pricing and a future market to close the position.
The contract or spread mid price is the price between the bid and ask prices currently on offer for the option contract or the spread. This is a good target for a limit price placed on an options order.