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Sell off

Sale of securities under pressure. See: Dumping.

Sell Off

The rapid sale of a security by a large number of holders. This increases the supply of the security available for sale and therefore drives down the price. Sell-offs occur for a number of reasons. A stock may drop suddenly in price if its company issues a negative earnings report, or if there are reports of a new technology rendering the company's product obsolete, or if the company's costs rise. Sell-offs also happen for other, perhaps less rational reasons. For example, a natural disaster, which may or may not affect supplies, can cause a sell-off. See also: Panic Sale.
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According to the union, the Conservatives have pushed ahead with the sell offs, despite being highly critical in the past.
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What the committee has asked him to do is go back and reconsider it in the light of the arguments made at the meeting." Councillor Goodway had argued that the decision to sell off land at Hywel Dda school in Cambria Road, Ely, flatly contradicted the council's stated policy of not selling off land at working schools.
Under the law, the Bureau of Land Management must sell off the entire stockpile between 2005 and 2015.
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for its own fatal decision to restructure and sell off parts of the company.
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