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Panic Buying

A situation in which many investors buy a security on high volume, leading to a rapid rise in price. Panic buying usually occurs when investors believe that a security or market is already rising and they wish to buy it before the price rises even more. Panic buying may or may not be the result of an overreaction. Rules on many stock markets limit the amount by which a security can rise in a single session to reduce the pressure for panic buying. See also: Panic selling.

panic buying

A flurry of security purchases accompanied by high volume and sharp price increases. During a period of panic buying, buyers do not have time to evaluate fundamental or technical factors because their primary goal is to acquire securities before the prices rise even more. For example, panic buying occurred on the day following President Lyndon B. Johnson's announcement of his decision not to run for reelection.
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Joiner John Grayson, 41, said: "We're going to bring about a real shortage of fuel just by panic-buying even if there's no strike.
This is exactly what we didn't want - people panic-buying," a spokesman said.
The First Minister attacked the UK Government's handling of the crisis, saying: "At the moment there are people panic-buying petrol on the encouragement of the UK Government because of a strike that may never happen on a date that's never yet been set.
Sales of petrol were up 45% on a normal Tuesday yesterday, and sales of diesel up 20%, in what appeared to be a sign of panic-buying by motorists, said Brian Madderson of the Retail Motor Industry Federation, which represents independent forecourt operators.
And industry bosses warn America is making the situation even worse by panic-buying more oil than it needs.
He said: "This affects everybody's daily life, but perhaps people are being selfish - like the selfish, mindless, minions who have been panic-buying because they wanted to look after themselves.
What we may see is an implementation of a 'minimum purchases' system to stop any panic-buying, but this wouldn't have an effect on anyone's lifestyle.
The convenience store industry also expresses our appreciation to the millions of American motorists that have acted responsibly and not engaged in panic-buying.
There are concerns of more panic-buying this month after chaos at the pumps in March when many forecourts ran out of fuel.
WHAT fools all these people who've been panic-buying fuel over the past few days must feel now that the Easter fuel strike threat is over.
The plan backfired when Mr Maude told drivers to use jerry cans to hoard fuel, triggering frenzied panic-buying.
JayneHowarth: Panic-buying of petrol is REALLY ANNOYING ME.