A market maker is often times is also called a liquidity provider. This is a trading company, or an independent trader, that quotes both a buy and a selling price in a stock held in inventory. The intent is to profit from the difference between the bid and ask, or bid-offer spread.
This increases availability of assets in the market, which is why the term liquidity provider is also used.
A Designated Primary Market Maker (DPM) is a specialized market maker approved by the exchange to guarantee that he or she will take the position in a particular assigned security, option or option index.
Adapted from: Wikipedia.org
The real time quotes without any delay and details the specific bid-ask spread provided by each market maker. These quotes are typically only available to elite big investors and traders willing to pay for the data stream subscriptions.[click to read more]