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Definition of 'Target'

The Target is the price at which a trader wants to exit a position. This price does not necessarily translate into a profit for the trader. This will happen if the position is currently negative and the trader is trying to exit at a more favorable price but not at a profit.

Targets are often entered into a trading system and by implication into the exchange's computers by using a limit order. Limit Orders are placed in a queue and are executed on a first come first served basis. For this reason, the earlier that a Target is placed, the further forward in the queue it will be and the more likely that it will be executed if the market trades at that price.

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