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1. A situation in which a security's or market's trading volume is higher on a given trading day than the previous trading day without any price appreciation. This is taken as an indicator that the security or market has hit its highest price and will soon decline.

2. The payment of the assets in an IRA or other retirement account to the account holder or his/her beneficiary. Distributions usually begin after retirement, but may begin before with the payment of applicable penalties.

3. A dividend paid to a company's or mutual fund's shareholders.

4. An institution's consistent sale of a single security over a long period of time as opposed to all at once. This is done to avoid causing fluctuations in price. See also: Accumulation.


To sell a relatively large amount of stock in a firm during a given period. For example, a mutual fund may liquidate a position in a security over a period of days or weeks so as not to drive down the market price of the security. Compare accumulate.
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Under section 355(a), no gain or loss is recognized if a corporation distributes to a shareholder "solely stock or securities of a corporation (referred to in this section as `controlled corporation') which it controls immediately before the distribution.
P"), D distributes its C stock to its shareholders.
Absent regulatory guidance, P would need to distribute its entire $200,000 AE&P balance to ensure that it had distributed all of its C AE&P.
However, the shareholders agree that Jacorp can distribute a tract of land to John.
today announced a reseller agreement and strategic relationship aimed at enabling organizations to easily distribute and manage software beyond the enterprise directly to Internet clients.
For example, @Home uses TME 10 Software Distribution to rapidly build and distribute standard proxy server configurations to all headend servers simultaneously, without logging on to each individual machine.
Besides Bay Networks, Gates/Arrow distributes a wide variety of products that complement the Interphase ATM adapter cards and provide customers with a complete high-end switching ATM hub.
In addition, Expersoft distributes technical information from a World Wide Web site, and publishes an Internet-based newsletter, Expertalk, each month.
As a result, companies can cost-effectively decentralize and distribute database-driven business applications to thousands of locations across the enterprise using Linux-based application servers and databases.

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