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Using Market Data

Market price

A security’s market price refers to the price of the most recent trade for that security. Depending on the time of day, Robinhood partners either Nasdaq Last Sale or BOATS (8 PM-4 AM ET) to get the real-time last sale prices.

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 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.

Note

With more liquidity than any other US exchange, the Nasdaq is one of the most accurate sources for real-time trade data.

You can find consolidated real-time market data by selecting Market Price on the trade entry screen for share-based orders. Consolidated real-time market data includes the last sale, best bid, and best ask price across all US exchanges. Each quote includes the price, quantity of shares, and the exchange on which it’s available.

Real-time market data provides insightful information into the supply and demand for a stock just before you place a trade.

Note

US Federal regulations require that your orders be filled at the National Best Bid or Offer (NBBO), which is the best available bid (for sell orders) or the best available ask (for buy orders) at the time your trade is executed.

Bid/ask spread

When setting the limit price for a limit order, you may see a bid and ask. This quote may be a Nasdaq Bid and Ask, or QBBO, and if so, will be labelled accordingly. During overnight hours, quotes will come from BOATS (Blue Ocean Alternative Trading System).

To view a consolidated quote, select the select ? (the question mark) next to bid and ask. We also show you a consolidated quote in the Order Summary, before you submit an order.

  • The bid shows the highest price a buyer is willing to pay, the associated number of shares at that price, and the specific stock exchange that the quote comes from
  • The ask represents the best offer from a seller on the market

You’ll notice that the bid price is almost always lower than the ask price. The difference between the bid and ask price is called the bid/ask spread. The bid/ask spread is an indication of supply and demand:

  • A narrow bid/ask spread typically indicates a high demand
  • A wide bid/ask spread generally means that fewer people are trading that security

Be sure to consider the bid/ask spread when setting the limit price:

  • If you’re placing an order to buy, and you want your order to more likely execute, you can set it at the ask price or above
  • If you’re placing an order to sell, and you want your order to execute more quickly, you can set it at the bid or below

Disclosures

There are additional, unique risks with trading outside of regular market hours that you should be aware of before making an investment decision, including the risk of lower liquidity, increased volatility, greater spreads, and pricing uncertainty.

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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.

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