Corner a Market

(redirected from Cornered the Market)
Also found in: Idioms.

Corner a Market

1. To own a significant enough amount of a stock to be able to manipulate its price. More specifically, an investor corners a market when he/she owns so many shares in a company that he/she can trigger a sell off if he/she dumps the stock. For this reason, persons and institutions owning or buying more than a certain percentage of shares in a company must register with the SEC and are subject to certain restrictions.

2. To have the greatest market share in a particular industry without having a monopoly. Companies that have cornered their markets usually have greater leeway in their decisions; for example, they may charge higher prices for their products without fear of losing too much business. Large companies, such as Wal-Mart or Microsoft, are considered to have cornered their markets. See also: Gorilla.
Farlex Financial Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All Rights Reserved
References in periodicals archive ?
There's a reason they've completely cornered the market in flat-pack furniture - and it's not that those wee allen keys are easy to use.
Colour changing clock, pounds 5 from QS/ Store 21 Toblerone cornered the market in triangular chocolate but it wasn't really a bar you could bring out at dinner parties.
More recently Tim Allen has almost cornered the market in the fat suit in a trio of The Santa Clause comedies.
CAROL Vorderman has undoubtedly cornered the market when it comes to presenting a squeezable, squeaky clean image via her daily stint on TV's Countdown.
FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW: Every semi-attractive, middle-aged, slightly dumpy UK actress must be cursing screen regular Caroline Quentin as she seems to have cornered the market in playing semi-attractive, middle-aged, slightly dumpy women.
She's smugly delighted while he's horrified, thinking: 'But EastEnders have cornered the market in sex between almost brothers and sisters!'
BRITAIN has cornered the market when it comes to evocative car brands and names with Aston Martin, Land Rover and Rolls Royce coming out ahead of Ferarri and Lamborghini in a survey carried out by NOP World Automotive.
In a society that prizes the sufferer and engages in one-upmanship particularly when misery is concerned, Winfrey has cornered the market. Her status as the ultimate victim who persevered grants her the privilege to preside over a talk show that validates the triumphal.