(redirected from holding down)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


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 ?
Also, the company offers free mail-in energy audits to assist residential customers in holding down their electric costs.
That it has not done so in recent years has been the result of a combination of special one-time factors holding down prices and more lasting changes in the processes determining inflation.
Continue holding down the Ctrl key and click on cells B16, C16, D16 and E16 so we can see the quarterly impact on advertising expenses.
The movie's downbeat results were blamed by Carmike Cinemas and Hershey Foods, a major ``Godzilla'' partner, for holding down profits during the fiscal second quarter.
On one hand, the "credit crunch" at banks and the resolution of troubled thrifts curbed the eagerness of these institutions to attract retail deposits, holding down the rates of return offered on brokered deposits and similar accounts relative to the average deposit rates used in constructing measures of opportunity cost.
On issue handling, the Democrats win on making prescription drugs affordable (53%-25%), improving education (49%-34%), holding down federal spending (43%-38%), strengthening Social Security (49%-34%), creating jobs (48%-37%), and for the middle class (55%-33%).
You may want to bypass the automatic opening of the Main form and instead access the Database window simply by holding down the Shift key and double-clicking the file in Windows Explorer, which you can launch from your desktop toolbar.
Meyer, gives more weight to transitory forces holding down inflation.
In addition, with returns on M2 assets falling steeply relative to rates charged on loans, households had a greater incentive to finance spending by holding down the accumulation of M2 assets rather than by taking on new debt.
According to the Business Owners, President Bush will do a better job than Senator Kerry at Creating Jobs, Holding Down Inflation, Reducing Deficit Spending, Appointing a new Federal Reserve Board Chief, Controlling Healthcare Costs and Improving the Balance of Trade.
it's as easy as holding down the Shift or the Ctrl key.
The salvagers turned to a tiny submarine - with former astronaut Edwin ``Buzz'' Aldrin aboard - to cut the ballast holding down some of the flotation bags.