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To maintain ownership of a security over a long period of time. "Hold" is also a recommendation of an analyst who is not positive enough on a stock to recommend a buy, but not negative enough on the stock to recommend a sell.


1. To not sell. That is, to continue to own a security. See also: Buy-and-hold strategy.

2. A recommendation by an analyst to neither buy nor sell a security. An analyst makes a hold recommendation when technical and/or fundamental indicators show middling performance by a security. It is also called a neutral or market perform recommendation.


A securities analyst's recommendation to hold appears to take a middle ground between encouraging investors to buy and suggesting that they sell.

However, in an environment where an analyst makes very few sell recommendations, you may interpret that person's hold as an indication that it is time to sell.

Hold is also half of the investment strategy known as buy-and-hold. In this context, it means to keep a security in your portfolio over an extended period, perhaps ten years or more.

The logic is that if you purchase an investment with long-term potential and keep it through short-term ups and downs in the marketplace, you increase the potential for building portfolio value.

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Some of those evacuated told police they had been held against their will for days, and given little food or water.
Nor can the fact he could face a trial after being arrested in Italy last year as part of an on-going investigation into the alleged misuse of public funds be held against him.
The case came to light after a emergency caller said three or four people were being held against their will.
The arrests come as a result of a long-running investigation by the force which suggested 24 men were being held against their will in poor conditions at the site, and forced to work for no pay.
The force suggested 24 men were being held against their will in poor conditions at the site, and forced to work for no pay.
Summary: London - Young Sahrawis, held against their will in the camps of Tindouf, are planning to stage a protest on March 5 against the corrupted polisario leaders, said on Tuesday the London based online newspaper, Middle-East Online.
Summary: Algeria and the polisario turned the sufferings of the population held against its will in the camps of Tindouf into a business to beg for and collect international aid which never reaches the real beneficiaries, said Mohamed El Bachir who has recently escaped the camps and joined the motherland.
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Peter believes she has been abducted and is being held against her will.