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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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05 percent became the major decliner for the third consecutive session.
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.
Transport sector was a significant decliner, shedding 1.
Decliners were led by steel, real estate and consumer finance issues while gainers included paper, insurance and construction firms.
On the other hand, Telecom sector was the significant decliners, going down by 0.
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 6-to-5 margin on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume was strong at a revised 1.
At the same time, the biggest decliners in terms of houses sold were Windham County, which experienced a drop of 24.
Decliners were led by paper, real estate and automakers, while gainers included utilities, retailers and textile firms.
Real Estate Development and Transport sectors were major decliners, shedding 1.
92 trillion won, but decliners outnumbered winners 759 to 114 and 14 issues ended unchanged.
The Dow's biggest decliners included American Express, down 4-1/8 to 73-1/2; J.