A question I've often struggled with. I suspect that the market makers, in a rising market, were attempting to flush out sellers, by offering an increased price, in order to satisfy buyers. The absence of sellers may mean that there are buyers out there who have yet to acquire the shares they want to. This absence of sellers may be a good sign, as regards the future direction of the share price.
Whitedawn - I've long since given up on reading the buys and sells as reported for the reasons you cite. WHY the trading sites find it so difficult is beyond me. Probably another hidden agenda - like most activities on AIM. The sooner AVN get a main listing the better.
Apologies for my nonsens attempt of an answer before.... Just checked the LSE.co.uk website. On there hit the "AVN share trades" button. Then scroll down to the bottom of the trades table. There is a footnote that explains, I think: - a sell is when the trade price is below the average of the bid and ask prices at the time of the trade. - a buy is when the trade price is above the average the bid and ask prices at the time of the trade. => if I interpret this correctly, then this is something that indicates nothing more than very short term trading momentum, I would think. I may be wrong though. But if this is correct then it looks like a totally useless measure for fundamental investors who look to invest beyond the timeframe of a couple of seconds.... I may be wrong though..... (Again!)... ? I invest in AVN for years, not seconds...?
On the Investor Relations section on the AVN website, the number of RNS that have been issued relating to new customers by far lags the number of new clients you can read about in the quarterly updates. I think that they only issue an RNS that discloses the identity of the new client (1) when the new customer is locked in / secured, and / or (2) when it is great PR I.e. New type of customer and or new type of project / solution, and / or (3) the new customer agrees to the public disclosure.
Am not sure but am thinking that you may be looking at buys and sells that have gone through the specific broker whose website you're looking at rather than at the total market buys and sells. I currently mainly trade through Interactive Brokers and the buys and sells they show are for the total market, not the ones that have gone through them specifically. On another note, it may also be that you are looking at "market depth", which is not the actual trades done but the pipeline of shares offered (at various ask prices), and the number of shares asked (at various bid prices).... It is the imbalance between the pipeline of bids and asks that makes the price go up and down... Typically to get this market depth information you need to pay your broker a flat fee for "Level II" market access. More likely though, you may just be looking at the number of shares market participants want to sell at the current market ask price, and the number of shares the market participants want to buy at the current market bid price. Maybe it is just best to just call your broker and ask them to explain what's behind the numbers you're looking at.
Excuse what might be a naive question but am new to this and always thought supply and demand manifested itself in the share price. How is it on here the more sells and the price seems to go up and the more buys, (as demonstrated over recent days) means the prices have dropped ?
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