• The number of shares of a single security or an entire market that are trading in a period (commonly reported for a single trading day).

• This is the daily number of shares of a security that change hands between a buyer and a seller.

• Is the quantity of trading activity. Generally, it is viewed from the sell-side. This aspect is connected to the transaction reporting obligation being on the part of the seller. Some observers consider NASDAQ activity as being double counted, whereas other do not. Here, market activity occurs with market makers. Often they will purchase a position for immediate resale to another buyer. Therefore, the 100 shares of stock will be viewed as a total volume of 200 shares. The first 100 is when the stock went into the market maker's inventory, and the second 100 is when it went into the (second) client's portfolio.

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 Referenced Terms
 Arms index: Also known as a trading index (TRIN)= (number of advancing issues)/ (number of declining issues) (Total up Volume )/ (total down volume). An advance/decline market indicator. Less than 1.0 indicates bullish demand, while above 1.0 is bearish. The index often is smoothed with a simple moving average.

 Barrel: Is equal to 42 U.S. gallons. It serves as a Volume standard for crude oil other petroleum products.

 Fast market: Is a trading condition when prices change quickly and Volume is dramatic. At these times, the price reports are behind and a trading range of prices is substituted for price dissemination. Often special rules apply at such times.

 Federal open market committee: Abbreviated FOMC. A committee that makes decisions concerning the Fed's operations to control the money supply.Abbreviated FOMC. Consists of seven members of the Federal Reserve Board and five of the twelve Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. The President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank is a permanent member, while the other Presidents serve on a rotating basis. The Committee periodically meets to set Federal Reserve guidelines regarding purchases and sales of Government Securities in the open market as a means of influencing the Volume of bank credit and money. The FOMC establishes monetary policy and executes it through temporary and permanent changes to the supply of bank reserves.

 Fixed expense: Costs that do not change greatly over the short term and are not directly related to manufacturing or sales Volume; such as rent, office expense, utilities and insurance

 Related Terms
 Break even analysis cost volume profit analysis
On balance volume
Price volume relationship

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