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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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Murray responded quickly to break back immediately, but again could not hold serve as he was lobbed once more by
But his physical struggles allowed Rochus to pull back to 4-2 and hold serve to further close the gap to a single game as the British teenager lost his grip on the set.
Dupuis managed to hold serve, but Henman then held to win the match 6-3 6-4 in just under an hour and -a-quarter.
Roddick - who had only beaten Murray twice in their previous seven meetings - struggled to hold serve and he was broken a second time as Murray edged closer to victory.
Having lost the initiative in the first game of the previous set, the pressure was on Murray to hold serve early in the fourth.
With Williams hit by the jitters Jankovic pushed home the advantage winning the next game from 0-40 down to hold serve and then took the set when Williams double-faulted.
But Ammerman and Ochwat managed to hold serve in their doubles set against Calabasas' Valerie Chang and Tiffany Harper, then prevail in a tiebreaker to give Laguna Beach a 10-8 victory under the lights at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center.
Murray saved three break points to hold serve in the fourth game thanks to five backhand mistakes from the Swiss, and another backhand error from Federer gave the Scot the break to lead 3-2.
Chasing down a Blake drop-shot just inches from the net, he produced a supreme drop-shot of his own to hold serve for 5-5.