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Break

A rapid and sharp price decline. Related: Crash.

Break

1. A sudden, unexpected change in a security's price or in a market's value. While a break could indicate either upward or downward change, the connotation is negative. Especially on the futures market, a break means a steep decline in price, usually the result of a natural disaster affecting the underlying.

2. Less frequently, break refers to a discrepancy in a brokerage's accounting books.

break

1. A sharp price decline in a particular security or in the market as a whole. A break usually occurs when unexpected negative information is made public and investors rush to sell. Also called market break.
2. A discrepancy on the books of a brokerage firm.

break

1. To dissolve an underwriting syndicate.
2. See bust.
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It's easy for us to break the ice over the wetlands as compared to the ground and feed the birds.
Men most often break the ice with clients by telling jokes; women don't respond well to that approach.
Not that an anarchic round-the-mulberry-bush argument, possibly a shouting match, will automatically lead us to virtue, but it might just break the ice.
They are willing to go for a limited "experimental" plan earmarked for poor children--anything to break the ice, to get the camel's nose into the tent.
In his homily during Mass held Thursday at the patriarchal seat in Bkirky, in the presence of a crowd of believers, the head of the Maronite Church urged political parties to maintain dialogue, consolidate stability, eliminate tension and break the ice between various factions.
He said in a press statement that "hundreds of problems and differences between the Iraqi government and the provincial government will not be resolved by these visits because these problems lasted very long time, and these visits may possibly break the ice of these crises between political parties.
A quarter are "too busy" to break the ice and many only do it to have a person to get parcels when they're out.
Turkish Foreign Ministry has approved the project and we re going to find ways to break the ice in Armenian-Turkish relations, professor Aldemir from September 9 University stated.
A BOAT was used to break the ice before the fishing started on the Carp Lake at Holgan Farm, but most of the anglers had a fish or two and winner Jim Hutton switched between maggots, sweetcorn and pellet baits to net carp to 7lb and win with 64lb.
It only needs someone to break the ice and this hasn't been done.
That opened things right up and let in canal ace Jon Arthur, who put a winning 13-7-0 of small roach on the scales despite having to break the ice and fish for five hours with a cracked rib, sustained while "having a play fight" with Lee
PETER SURTEES, of Eastern Green, Coventry, said: "We put out birdseed all year for these delightful creatures, we break the ice on the birdbaths to ensure they have a drink in the winter and in the spring, when they are feeding their young, we even dig up worms for them.