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This is the daily number of shares of a security that change hands between a buyer and a seller. Also known as volume traded. Also see Up volume and Down volume.
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The amount of trading sustained in a security or in the entire market during a given period. Especially heavy volume may indicate that important news has just been announced or is expected. See also average daily volume.
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Volume is the number of shares traded in a company's stock or in an entire market over a specified period, typically a day.

Unusual market activity, either higher or lower than average, is typically the result of some external event. But unusual activity in an individual stock reflects new information about that stock or the stock's sector.

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The comparison of different volume measures and their impact on outcome is investigated using different methods of risk adjustment.
Considering all analyses done, eliminating any single volume measure rarely resulted in missing a significant, negative relationship.
Outgoing volume measures the total number of responses posted by company representatives.
Additionally, if a researcher is trying to estimate the impact that an ad will have on the consumption of a brand that--in general--is an infrequently consumed brand, likelihood measures may be more valid than volume measures. However, if the brand is one that--in general--is frequently consumed, volume measures may be more accurate.
Volume measures aside, price-earnings multiples dropped.
Second, the detailed physical volume measures of capacity previously used to estimate a number of major materials have now been fully and explicitly incorporated in the new manufacturing estimates.
Sales volume measures are readily available and easy to evaluate, but they do not necessarily tell the whole story.
Spirometry and lung volume measures were similar, however, in the 19 patients with COPD and significant GERD and the 81 subjects with COPD in the absence of GERD.
Laboratory beakers (17), available at scientific supply stores, have no tolerance for error-unlike more commonly used kitchen volume measures.