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Used in the context of general equities. Technically too high in price, and hence a technical correction is expected. See: Heavy. Antithesis of oversold.


In technical analysis, describing a security with too high a price. This means that the technical indicators on the security do not justify its current price. Technical analysts may recommend selling overbought securities, as they are due for a price correction. See also: Oversold.


Of, relating to, or being a stock market that has risen very rapidly in the recent past and is likely to suffer short-term price declines in the near future. Determining whether a market is overbought is difficult and is subject to individual interpretation.


When a stock or entire securities market rises so steeply in price that technical analysts think that buyers are unlikely to push the price up further, analysts consider it overbought. For these analysts, an overbought market is a warning sign that a correction -- or rapid price drop -- is likely to occur.