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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Nicolet said the theme she learned from the class discussions was that no segment of humanity corners the market on virtue or vice.
Stephen Farson, Vice President of Engineering at Amphion, commented "With AHB-ported cores for MPEG-4, MPEG-2 and JPEG2000, Amphion corners the market for SoC-ready encoder solutions for three key consumer-focused compression technologies.
But whoever corners the market dictates the way people who use the technology think and act.