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Quality option
Also called the swap option, the seller's choice of deliverables in Treasury bond and Treasury note futures contract. Related: Cheapest to deliver issue
Quality spread
Also called credit spread, the spread between Treasury securities and non-Treasury securities that are identical in all respects except for quality rating. For instance, the difference between yields on Treasuriers and those on single A-rated industrial bonds.
Qubes (QQQ)
The Nasdaq-100 tracking stock, an ETF that tracks the technology-laden Nasdaq-100 index. The popular name, Qubes, derives from the ETF's ticker symbol, QQQ. Qubes are structured as unit investment trusts. Qubes are by far the most heavily traded ETF.
Quick ratio
Related: Acid-test ratio
Quickie
An order that must be filled as soon as it reaches the trading floor at the price specified, or be canceled immediately.
Quote
The price being offered or bid by a market maker or broker-dealer for a particular security.
Quoted Price
Refers to the price at which the last sale and purchase of a particular security or commodity took place.
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