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Used in the context of general equities. Technically too low in price, and hence a technical correction is expected. Antithesis of overbought.


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


Of, relating to, or being a stock market that has declined rapidly and steeply in the recent past and is likely to exhibit short-term price increases in the near future. Determining whether a market is oversold is difficult and is subject to individual interpretation.


A stock, a market sector, or an entire market may be described as oversold if it suddenly drops sharply in price, despite the fact that the country's economic outlook remains positive.

For technical analysts, an oversold market is poised for a price rise, since there would be few sellers left to push the price down further.

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Steps should therefore be taken to ensure that recruiters are not allowed to over-sell and glamorise the job.
Not for these teachers the need of the insecure to over-sell their wares, or to arrogantly self-promote their own importance.
The First Minister is trying now to focus on the delivery of practical things, but his mistake may still be to over-sell what he can deliver.
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Second, specialists tend to over-sell their capabilities.
While he thinks "CKD can be an over-sell," Buckley said the home center market is definitely becoming more sophisticated.
I'm not going to over-sell the place, but it did charm me.