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One who has bought a contract to establish a market position and who has not yet closed out this position through an offsetting sale; the opposite of short.

Long Position

The ownership of a security or derivative, or the state of having bought one or the other. A long position brings with it the right to coupon payments or dividends attached to the security or derivative. Informally, one who owns 100 shares of a stock is said to be "long 100 of the stock." Likewise, an investor who has bought (or holds) an option is said to be "long the option" because he/she has the right to exercise the option at a later date. See also: Short position, Close a position.


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The sounds of children chanting, as they bounce a ball in bays, They sing a song of long ago, of all our yesterdays.
We all need cheering up these days and what better way to do this than recalling happy times from long ago.
The impact that made this crater did not happen very long ago, compared with other big Moon craters.
The Dark Blues were being tipped in some quarters for a relegation battle not that long ago and midfielder O'Donnell reckons being dismissed as also-rans has galvanised the troops.
Arthritic fingers carefully clutch the tattered photo Invoking a painful memory From those days so long ago The gloss on the hair of the girl Like the down on a Raven's wing Soft brown eyes look so trustingly Though they cannot see a single thing.
They obviously lack the necessary expertise, coupled with common sense to have concluded a decision long ago and the fact that it's taxpayers' money and not their own has taken the urgency out of the situation.
But John from Scapegoat Hill has provided us with a timely reminder as to how tough life was for many not that long ago.
Thom highlights historical archives and field research; putting long ago people in their fully realized long ago world; getting speech and other attributes of the era right; putting your plot in that world and making it fly.
I lie here beside the hill, abandoned long to nature's will My buildings down, my people gone, my only sound the wild bird song My mighty birds will fly no more, no more will I hear the Merlins roar Never more my bosom feel the pounding of the aircraft wheel From ageless hills their voices cast, thunderous echoes from the past Yet still in lonely reverie, their great dark wings sweep down on me Laughter, sorrow, hope and pain, never to know these things again Emotions that I came to know, of strange young men so long ago At times emotions need a boost, until my birds come home to roost Often with their shattered wings, broken tails or missing springs No more runway or motor pool, replaced by houses, shops and school Yet memories of long ago remain KEN CHESTER, Middlesbrough
Liverpool on the global stage at the World Expo, in Shanghai, would have been unimaginable not that long ago.
Summary: She did not leave school that long ago, but Pixie Lott has been back to class in Essex to give pupils a music lesson.
Although the comments may have been made as long ago as 1993, they were relevant to Spec-tor's state of mind, he said.