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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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Soft ticks such as Omithodoros do not have festoons.
In the case of most soft ticks, the larva feeds on its host in the den or nest, then detaches and molts to produce an eight-legged nymph.
Soft ticks are leathery and nonscutate, without sexual dimorphism (Figure 2).
This illness is caused by [greater than or equal to] 10 Borrelia species and is transmitted to humans through the bite of soft ticks of the genus Ornithodoros (3).
Tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF) is a spirochetal infection transmitted to humans through the bites of soft ticks. TBRF infection is endemic to the western United States and often acquired by patients lodging in rodent-infested rustic dwellings at elevations >2,000 feet.
Soft ticks of the Argasidae family (e.g., Ornithodorus moubata) are vectors for tickborne relapsing fever (TBRF) borreliae, which encompass several human-pathogenic species.
Health-care providers should consider TBRF in the differential diagnosis of febrile patients with potential exposure to soft ticks. Penicillins or tetracyclines are the antibiotic treatment of choice, although cephalosporins, erythromycin, or chloramphenicol also can be used (4,5).
However, in recent decades, many genetically related bacteria have been found in hard and soft ticks (2).
The soft ticks of the genus Ornithodoros, which transmit the illness, usually feed on rodents and frequently infest rodent nesting material (2 ).
Distribution of soft ticks and their natural infection with Borrelia in a focus of relapsing fever in Iran.
These viruses have been primarily associated with either hard or soft ticks and have a wide geographic distribution (1-8).
Borrelia miyamotoi has been found in a variety of Ixodes ticks and is more closely related to the relapsing fever spirochetes that infect soft ticks than to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease (2).