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Market order

A market order indicates a preference for quick execution relative to price specificity. This generally means you’re willing to accept the next available price and a certain price isn’t guaranteed.

With your Robinhood account, you can place a market order during regular market hours if it is a dollar-based order (where you select the dollar amount of your buy or sell order) or a share-based sell order (where you select the amount of shares you want to sell).

If you want to buy at a specific price, place a limit order.

Keep in mind

It’s not guaranteed your market order will be executed at a specific price. Additionally, our venues don’t support market orders during extended-hours trading. If your market order is placed outside of regular market hours, the order will be queued for the start of regular market hours on the next trading day.

Depending on the price your order is filled at, the final dollar amount of your share-based order may change when you place a market order. Similarly, depending on the price your order is filled at, the final share amount of your dollar-based order may change.

The market price shown in the app is the last trade price on a Nasdaq exchange (the Nasdaq Stock Market, NASDAQ OMX BX, or NASDAQ OMX PHLX), which might not be the best available price when the order is executed.

Note

We generally cancel fractional orders (share-based orders that include a fractional share and dollar-based orders) if they’re unexecuted after 5 minutes of being eligible for execution.

Default order schedule

Robinhood defaults to share-based, dollar-based, or limit orders. Share-based and dollar-based orders can default to market or limit orders depending on the time of day and order side.

The following shows the default order behavior for trading during regular market hours versus extended-trading hours with Robinhood. Orders submitted during the overnight trading hours, or when the market is closed, are queued for market open and therefore follow the Market hours order schedule.

Keep in mind

Our app will show you the equivalent Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or British Summer Time (BST) that matches up with the US Eastern times (ET) for trading hours. For example, 9:30 AM ET is 5 hours behind GMT and 4 hours behind BST, so will either be 2:30 PM GMT or 1:30 PM BST.

Order typeMarket hours (9:30 AM–4 PM ET) and Overnight hours (8 PM–7 AM ET)Extended hours (7–9:30 AM and 4-8 PM ET)
Share-based buy ordersLimitLimit
Share-based sell ordersMarketLimit
Dollar-based buy ordersMarketLimit
Dollar-based sell ordersMarketLimit

Disclosures

The examples included in this article are for illustrative purposes only. Understanding order types can help you manage risk and execution speed. However, you can never eliminate market and investment risks entirely. It’s best to choose an order type based on your investment goals and objectives.

All investments involve risks, including the loss of principal. Investors should consider their investment objectives and risks carefully before investing. Trading during extended and overnight hours comes with additional risks such as lower liquidity and higher volatility. You can learn more in the Extended-Hours Trading Disclosure.

Fractional shares are not liquid outside of Robinhood and not transferable. For a complete explanation of conditions, restrictions and limitations associated with fractional shares, see the Fractional Shares section in our Customer Agreement.

Not all securities are eligible for the entry of fractional orders during Robinhood’s extended-hours trading. If a security isn’t eligible, the order will be queued for the opening of market hours. Only whole share orders are available for a limited number of securities during overnight hours.

You can learn more about eligible securities and the risks of extended-hours trading in Extended-hours trading and for overnight hours in Robinhood 24 Hour Market.

Robinhood U.K. Ltd (Robinhood UK) is a company registered in England and Wales (09908051) and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 823590). Robinhood UK onboards UK customers and has the lead customer relationship with UK customers in relation to their use of the Robinhood UK app and website. Robinhood UK introduces UK customers to Robinhood Securities, LLC for order routing, execution, clearing, settlement, arranging custody services and margin lending to eligible UK customers with margin accounts. Robinhood Securities, LLC is regulated in the U.S. by the SEC and FINRA. Robinhood UK and Robinhood Securities, LLC are subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc.

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All investing involves risk and a loss of principal is possible.

Robinhood U.K. Ltd (Robinhood UK) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 823590). Robinhood UK onboards UK customers and has the lead customer relationship with UK customers in relation to their use of the Robinhood UK app and website. Robinhood UK introduces UK customers to Robinhood Securities, LLC for order routing, execution, clearing, settlement, arranging custody services and margin lending to eligible UK customers with margin accounts. Robinhood Securities, LLC is regulated in the U.S. by the SEC and FINRA. Robinhood UK and Robinhood Securities, LLC are subsidiaries of Robinhood Markets, Inc.

Robinhood U.K. Ltd is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (09908051).

Robinhood does not provide investment advice. Individual investors should make their own decisions.

Commission-free trading of stocks refers to $0 commissions for Robinhood self-directed individual brokerage accounts that trade U.S. listed securities and ADRs. Keep in mind, other costs such as regulatory fees may apply to your brokerage account. Please see Robinhood UK’s Fee Schedule to learn more.

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