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Sell off

Sale of securities under pressure. See: Dumping.

Sell Off

The rapid sale of a security by a large number of holders. This increases the supply of the security available for sale and therefore drives down the price. Sell-offs occur for a number of reasons. A stock may drop suddenly in price if its company issues a negative earnings report, or if there are reports of a new technology rendering the company's product obsolete, or if the company's costs rise. Sell-offs also happen for other, perhaps less rational reasons. For example, a natural disaster, which may or may not affect supplies, can cause a sell-off. See also: Panic Sale.
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Axa had sold off some of Bluefin's financial planning business in 2013.
The United Arab Emirates, another participant in the Yemen conflict, has sold off $300 million of its $3.
It's believed that in Newcastle up to 1,650 homes could be sold off, which is 6.
This is an increase of 37% on the 110 homes sold off in 2013-14 and is well ahead of the 9% increase across England.
Now George Osborne has sold off our stake in Eurostar for just PS757million.
Momentum names - typically high-growth companies mostly in the tech and biotech sectors that led 2013's rally - have sold off in recent weeks but appeared to stabilize earlier this week.
A report by Business Day states that the fixed assets of Hall Longmore, the last remaining company 'to be disposed of in Murray & Robert's Construction Products Africa unit of companies', were sold off at net book value.
SO, the Tories are selling off profitmaking Royal Mail - 41% will be sold off to their pals and 10% to the workforce to keep them sweet which means the CEO has total control.
Now, in under two years of a Tory-LibDem Government, over 30 school fields have been sold off.
Purnima then reportedly sold off her three daughters to three different people
Officers have identified more than 40 properties, including park and cemetery lodges and gate houses in some of the leafier corners of south Liverpool, that may be sold off.
NINE local pubs owned by national pub chain Punch Taverns will not be sold off as part of plans to offload thousands of traditional boozers.