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Simultaneous buy & sell orders

Discussion in 'Stock Market Nuts and Bolts' started by Smurf1976, Mar 28, 2019.

  1. Smurf1976


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    Feb 14, 2005
    The situation has never arisen where I'd want to do it since I'm not a short term trader but hypothetically, is there any rule which precludes placing buy and sell orders into the market for the same stock simultaneously?

    Eg I own 5000 shares in xyz which is currently trading at $1.00

    If I were to place a buy order for another 4000 shares at $0.95, and a sell order for the 5000 shares I currently have at $1.05 with both orders actually placed in the market then is there anything (rules, laws etc) which precludes doing so?

    I'm guessing the answer will be blindingly obvious and well known to those who day trade etc but for me it's a hypothetical.
  2. Zaxon

    Zaxon The voice of reason

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    Aug 5, 2011
    No. That's fine. As long as you've got the cash in your account, your buy order is good to go. And as long as you're placing a sell order for shares you already own, that's fine too.

    From the market's POV, they're just two unrelated orders.
  3. PZ99

    PZ99 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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    May 13, 2015
    Check with your broker as to how many buys and sells you can have in the queue.

    Some brokers give you a limit of 3 buys and 3 sells per stock.

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