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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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Success in the 12-furlong race, sponsored by Pearl and Coutts, came at the expense of last year's winner Little Rock, with 2000 French Derby winner Holding Court rallying in third after setting a strong gallop.
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Yes, it's real, and it hurt really bad,'' she says, holding court recently in her tented dressing room at the Santa Monica Passport event in typical diva duds: an awesome pair of stiletto-heeled red boots with a jacket to match, plus jeans.
Holding Court was virtually pulled up in the Group 2 Prix du Conseil de Paris, which went to Crimson Quest and Olivier Peslier from Slew The Red and Folie Danse.
He was also far from shy when it came to holding court in Texas or Washington watering holes.
French Derby winner Holding Court is to be supplemented at a cost of pounds 85,000, as long as trainer Michael Jarvis is happy the ground will not be on the fast side.
The stewards found Hughes, riding Salford Express for David Elsworth in the Group 2 Sagitta Jockey Club Stakes, guilty of irresponsible riding of a minor nature in allowing his mount to interfere with Holding Court on the turn into the home straight shortly after the start.
Then she hot-trotted back to join Soderbergh, who was busy holding court at a large table of Hollywood types.