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Circle

Underwriters, actual or potential, often seek out and "circle" investor interest in a new issue before final pricing. The customer circled has basically made a commitment to purchase the issue if it is available at an agreed-upon price. If the actual price is other than that stipulated, the customer supposedly has first offer at the actual price.

Circle

Informal; to attempt to find investors for underwriting purposes. Before a new issue, underwriters circle potential investors, who may or may not book an order to buy a portion. Potential investors are provided with a preliminary prospectus if they are circled and indicate interest. It is important to note that circling is non-binding because it is illegal to sell a security that has not been issued. See also: Overbooked, Underbooked, Fully Subscribed, Indication of Interest.

circle

A process used in finding interested buyers of a new security issue before determining the final price. A potential customer will be given a preliminary price (for example, the interest rate for a bond or the selling price for a stock) and will commit to a purchase if the issue is actually priced at the preliminary estimate. A different price permits the customer to back out or to get the first chance to buy the issue at the new price. Compare indication of interest.
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Vaclav said: "The incautious croc got too close to a female who had calves and the whole group gathered into a defensive circle around them.
As he burst in, everybody would form a defensive circle to keep him at bay out but boars are insensitive souls and he would barge right into the middle and bore us all stiff.
tanks from the 2nd Brigade of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division penetrated a defensive circle and rolled into Baghdad for the first time earlier Saturday, according to the BBC.