actually that was VERY helpful. just before i read your post i was doing some screen watching and saw the stock with a total lot size of 100 composed of two ask sizes of 50. with everything up until your post that i've read concerning this, if a bid comes in at 15,000 then this stock should definitely buy up all of the total at the present ask price and uptick the stock. well quite the contrary happened. at least 50,000 of bids at asking price filled my queue and the stock did not uptick. it still sat there at the same price and the same ask with a lot of 50.
your response helped me understand that all i am seeing is a minimum amount being asked, but it could be as huge as the ice under the water of a an iceberg. [well, minus global warming
] anyhow, thanks for that information. now i am eve more inclined to pay steep attention to my technical analysis, hope for good pr to hit the stocks i've selected and pretty much use L2 to guage how many MM's are stacking the buy or sell side of a security.