(redirected from hold sway)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.
Related to hold sway: hold off, pay heed, defer to, seizes


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.

References in periodicals archive ?
But the Taliban said their fighters continued to hold sway in the areas, calling the government's claim as a false propaganda.
And if (even) we do not implement (our own approved) these policies, it could endanger the future of contract employees of central government; because PPP does not hold sway there" he expressed.
But, unless I missed it on the news, England has never been at war with Australia, we aren't split by bitter religious divides and we haven't been at each other's throats for years, armed to the teeth with nuclear warheads, over disputed territories along a common border where militias and guerrilla armies hold sway.
A FREE vote on whose sovereignty should hold sway over the town of Berwick has resulted in a resounding decision to be part of Scotland again (The Journal, February 23).
Elsewhere, favourites should hold sway, though Irish seed Jonathan Ross, who has had to put business before bowls this year, could be vulnerable to Springbok Craig Rimmington.
Teachers' unions hold sway over Democratic Party policy, so supporting vouchers is almost like touching the electrified ``third rail'' on a subway track, Stern said.