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Partial Fills




A partial fill occurs when a trader places an order for a certain number of shares, let’s say for 2,000 shares of stock, and instead receives only a portion of the order, for example, 300 shares. This happens all the time; the most logical explanation is that perhaps there were only 300 shares available at that particular price.


Additional Comments:

In trading terminology, we say that the market is too “thin” to absorb the entire order, meaning that there are not enough shares available at that price. This can be really frustrating, especially if the trader wants to enter large orders, but it is something that equity traders accept as normal, just another hurdle to overcome on the road to success.

Related Terms:

Sell Stop-Limit
This is a version of the Sell Stop. This order says, “Don’t sell the shares unless ...

Good Till Cancelled
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Limit Order
An order to buy a stock at or below a specified price or to sell a ...





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