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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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Take-Two should be able to fulfill its potential moving forward, but for now investors may want to hold off on allocating funds to their portfolios until its earnings estimates get back on track.
We think we have done all we can, but in the spirit of cooperation and working with the city family, I am inclined to recommend we hold off on enforcement,'' Cunningham said.
The best team competition of the day came in the race for second place, where Chatsworth just did hold off Franklin of Los Angeles for the final CIF/SCGA berth, producing an audible gasp from Chatsworth's Ann Lee as her Chancellors prevailed by three points when Franklin's score was the last posted.
But for now, investors may want to hold off on allocating funds until its earnings estimates show more upside momentum.
But for right now, the best move may be to hold off on a position in this challenged industry and watch for its earnings estimates to gain more upside momentum.
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The company has made many moves to build a foundation for profitable long-term growth, which is good news heading forward, but investors may want hold off on allocating assets to the stock until its earnings estimates move higher.
Like it's not enough we've already won a gazillion medals and are challenging Germany for the overall medal lead, while Canada is stuck trying to hold off Switzerland.
This is good news for the company's future, but until such actions spark higher earnings estimates, the best move may be to hold off on increasing exposure.
Holden suggested that the department ask the military to hold off on activating any officers in the military reserves.