imbalance of orders
A condition where the number of buy or sell orders is grossly mismatched, resulting in a wide spread between the bid and ask. An imbalance of orders can be caused by any source of investor nervousness but most frequently can be traced to news or a rumor affecting the security. Because order imbalances impair market liquidity, they can Trigger a trading halt to prevent panic buying or selling.
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Manufacturer's Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3)
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