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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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Then it was time to rub noses as they gazed longingly into each other's eyes.
Unlike Jim Harrick, his predecessor who had been looking longingly toward Westwood from his days coaching at Inglewood's Morningside High, Lavin aspired to be a head coach but at the University of San Francisco, his father's alma mater.
In the past, Chancellor Gordon Brown looked longingly at the channel as a target for privatisation.
2--Color) A young Siegfried (John Summers) stares longingly at a book of magic in ``Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box.
The ship's chief gazed longingly for a few seconds as she flashed some thigh, before diverting his eyes.
Combat rumours of a rift with your husband by staring longingly at him, as Madge is doing here with Guy Ritchie.
When I'm running around like a maniac looking at your house longingly or looking at your business longingly, you'll know why,'' Young said.
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Butler refused to call Los Angeles a ``target'' of the Aryan Nations, but talked longingly of a day when the city might be ``reclaimed.
It's a bit like a man looking longingly at a top-of-the-range car.
Each leans longingly toward the other, like star-crossed lovers who will never wed.
The only thing Fergie stares at longingly is his watch when time's running out at Old Trafford.