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Refers to the minimum change in price a security can have, either up or down. Related: Point.
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On an exchange, a trade in which a security was traded after another trade. There are three basic types of tick. A plus tick occurs when the price is higher than the previous trade. A minus tick occurs when the price is lower, and finally a zero tick happens when the price is the same. Ticks are recorded and published in real time throughout a trading day. Certain regulations govern the types of trade that can occur after certain kinds of ticks. See also: Zero-plus Tick, Zero-minus Tick.
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A short-term technical indicator that describes the difference between the number of stocks whose last sale occurred on an uptick and the number of stocks whose last sale occurred on a downtick. A high positive TICK is generally considered a short-term signal of a strong market. Contrarians consider a high positive TICK to have bearish implications.


A movement in the price or price quotation of a security or contract. See also downtick, minimum tick, uptick.
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A tick is the minimum movement by which the price of a security, option, or index changes.

With stocks, a tick may be little as one cent. With US Treasury securities, the smallest increment is 1/32 of a point, or 31.25 cents.

An uptick represents an increase over the last different price, and a downtick a drop from the last different price.

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The American Dog Tick, at the left, and the Lone Star Tick predominantly transmit cytauxzoonosis to cats.
Infection prevalences of common tick-borne pathogens in adult lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) and American dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis) in Kentucky.
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In the eastern United States, the usual vector of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is the American dog tick, Derma centor variabilis, while in the West the Rocky Mountain wood tick, Dermacentor andersoni, predominates.
The brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), which feeds mainly on dogs but occasionally attaches to humans, is another example.
The infection is spread through the bite of a tiny infected tick (which may be no bigger than a period at the end of a sentence--much smaller than the usual dog tick).
They are much smaller than the common dog tick. Immature ticks are about the size of a head on a common pin, or a period on this page.
Recent epidemics in Arizona (USA) and Sonora have been associated with the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus) (3,4), whereas most cases in the United States have been transmitted by bites of infected Dermacentor spp.
It is a tick borne (brown dog tick, Rhipicephalus sanguineous) infection caused by Ehrlichia spp.
It protects against ticks: lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum), American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus), as well as fleas (Ctenocephalides felis).
It can be transmitted to your cat by bites from the lone star tick or American dog tick. Symptoms can include the sudden onset of a high fever, pale gums, respiratory distress and jaundice.