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Informal for a stock or other security that has dropped in price over a given period. For example, if a stock opens at $5 and closes at $4.45, it is said to be a decliner for that trading day.


Stocks that have dropped, or fallen, in value over a particular period are described as decliners. If more stocks decline than advance, or go up in value, over the course of a trading day, the financial press reports that decliners led advancers.

The indexes that track the market may decline as well. If decliners dominate for a period of time, the market may also be described as bearish.

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Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), the biggest decliner of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, missed estimates this morning.
Media and Publishing-- the key performing sector of previous couple of weeks -- became the biggest decliner of the day, down 268 points or 6.
Brokers said investors hunted for bargains among recent decliners like machinery and banking issues after a sharp fall in the Tokyo stock market the previous trading session Tuesday.
Leading our decliners today with a five-percent loss, Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) reported a fourth-quarter loss of $20 million, or 11 cents per share, last night.
Outside the PSEi, notable decliners included TBGI, which slid by 15.
Among the key decliners was Tribune Media, which slid $1.
Advancing stocks outnumbered decliners by a margin of 99 to 37 and the prices of 20 companies remained unchanged.
Tokyo stocks open higher on buying of recent decliners
Advancing stocks led decliners by a 2-to-1 ratio on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mercury Interactive (MERQ) leads our list of decliners today, dropping more than three percent after Morgan Stanley downgraded the software company to "equal weight" from "overweight.
The biggest decliners were the financial, industrial, services and mining/oil counters which lost more than 1 percent.
Among the key decliners was Pandora , which dropped 4.