Continuous trading

Form of trading in which securities prices are determined on an ongoing basis during trading hours.

In continuous trading, securities prices are determined on an ongoing basis as the order situation permits. Because of the minimum lot size of one, orders can be executed for even one single share in continuous trading.

The Exchange Operating Board is in charge of admitting actively traded securities to continuous trading. Being quoted in continuous trading is a prerequisite for an equity to be admitted to any of the selection indices of Deutsche Börse. In order to be admitted to continuous trading the appointment of at least one Designated Sponsor may be required if the liquidity of an equity is deemed unsufficient.

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