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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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He reckons not the military a part before the increase of territory and joining to the borders of the neighbouring powers will make war necessary: and even amongst them who compose his four divisions, or whoever have any connection with each other, it will be necessary to have some one to distribute justice, and determine between man and man.
Do not their leaders deprive the rich of their estates and distribute them among the people; at the same time taking care to reserve the larger part for themselves?
De agent what represents it pussented me with a dollar, sah, to distribute a few of his cards along with de doctah's.
In the fervour of my zeal to distribute the letters, it never occurred to me to inquire about Rachel.
If the corporation distributes either tract #1 or tract #2, Jacorp must recognize taxable gain of $50,000.
As the exclusive Cadbury Schweppes franchise owner for the region, Columbia Distributing distributes non-alcoholic beverages including 7 Up, Crush, Diet Rite and Snapple.
PeerDirect Distributed Enterprise accomplishes this with a core technology that replicates, distributes and synchronizes data across multiple locations, giving customers more responsive and reliable applications with less dependency on network connectivity to a central data center.
It distributes software and hardware for many major manufacturers from around the world, and sells to dealers in the U.
Divisive reorganizations: A divisive reorganization occurs when a corporation transfers one or more trades or businesses to a controlled subsidiary, and then distributes all the stock in the subsidiary to its shareholders.
If the corporation distributes the land to shareholder Adams, X has $50 of taxable income, its earnings and profits are increased by $50 and Adams has received a $200 distribution which--if there are no other current or accumulated earnings and profits--represents a $50 dividend and a $150 return of basis and capital gain.
Airgas also distributes its products and services through eBusiness, catalog and telesales channels.

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