Corner a Market

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Corner a Market

1. To own a significant enough amount of a stock to be able to manipulate its price. More specifically, an investor corners a market when he/she owns so many shares in a company that he/she can trigger a sell off if he/she dumps the stock. For this reason, persons and institutions owning or buying more than a certain percentage of shares in a company must register with the SEC and are subject to certain restrictions.

2. To have the greatest market share in a particular industry without having a monopoly. Companies that have cornered their markets usually have greater leeway in their decisions; for example, they may charge higher prices for their products without fear of losing too much business. Large companies, such as Wal-Mart or Microsoft, are considered to have cornered their markets. See also: Gorilla.
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This Owner has cornered the market on the recession proof business.
JOEY BARTON appeared to have cornered the market for philosophical tweets, before Rohan Ricketts took things to a whole new level.
Colour changing clock, pounds 5 from QS/ Store 21 Toblerone cornered the market in triangular chocolate but it wasn't really a bar you could bring out at dinner parties.
News International is desperate to fill it's 85,000 copies per hour presses until they have virtually cornered the market, then watch their prices go up.
More recently Tim Allen has almost cornered the market in the fat suit in a trio of The Santa Clause comedies.
CAROL Vorderman has undoubtedly cornered the market when it comes to presenting a squeezable, squeaky clean image via her daily stint on TV's Countdown.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW: Every semi-attractive, middle-aged, slightly dumpy UK actress must be cursing screen regular Caroline Quentin as she seems to have cornered the market in playing semi-attractive, middle-aged, slightly dumpy women.
She's smugly delighted while he's horrified, thinking: 'But EastEnders have cornered the market in sex between almost brothers and sisters
some 50 years ago, promised a new community, saw that dream disappear and then couldn't believe how the city bestowed the land to Walter O'Malley, who promptly cornered the market with a place called Dodger Stadium that opened in 1962.
BRITAIN has cornered the market when it comes to evocative car brands and names with Aston Martin, Land Rover and Rolls Royce coming out ahead of Ferarri and Lamborghini in a survey carried out by NOP World Automotive.
In a society that prizes the sufferer and engages in one-upmanship particularly when misery is concerned, Winfrey has cornered the market.
The '80s were, of course, marked by a return to painterly figuration, and artists like David Salle had seemingly cornered the market on the elegant fracture of high-fashion imagery.