A stop-loss order, also known as a stop order, is an order which specifies that a stock be bought or sold when it reaches a specified price known as the stop price. Once the stop price is met, the The trader cancels his stop-loss order at $41 and puts in a stop-limit order at $47 with a limit of $45. If the stock price falls below $47, then the order becomes a live sell-limit order. A stop-loss order is another way of describing a stop order in which you are selling shares. If you're selling shares, you put in a stop price at which to start an order, such as the aforementioned $30 shares once they dip down to $28. Unlike the stop-limit order, there is no limit price.