When trading stocks on NYSE I find stocks with ask/buy prices marked N/A. How do I acquire these stocks?

Submitted by Craig Strzelecki on 2 April, 2006 - 22:37

How do I purchase shares of these stocks with N/A (Not Available/Applicable)?

When trading stocks on NYSE I find stocks with ask/buy prices marked N/A. How do I acquire these stocks?

When I am trading stocks on yahoo finance I come across stocks like AK Steel that have a bid price marked N/A and an Ask price marked N/A. How do I purchase shares of these stocks?

1. Trading Halt.
2. No liquidity. there are currently no bids on the market to buy or offers to sell their stock.

If it is a trading halt - you can't buy them until the halt has been lifted.
If it has no liquidity, simply put up a bid price at which you are comfortable to buy them at.

Sometimes low liquidity means that the stock is out of favour with investors. So be wary of the company worth and direction before you buy the stock. But putting up a bid price is no guarantee that anyone will be willing to sell you their share of the company.

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