A stop order, also referred to as a stop-loss order, is an order to buy or sell a instrument once the price of the stock reaches a specified level, known as the stop price.  When the stop price is reached, a stop order becomes a market order.  A buy stop order is entered at a stop price above the current market price. You generally use a buy stop order to limit a loss or to protect a profit on a stock that you have sold short.  A sell stop order is entered at a stop price below the current market price. You generally use a sell stop order to limit a loss or to protect a profit on a stock that you own.

 

 

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