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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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References in classic literature ?
-- KEATS THE main characteristic of this volume consists in this, that all the stories composing it belong not only to the same period but have been written one after another in the order in which they appear in the book.
I had just finished writing "The End of the Tether" and was casting about for some subject which could be developed in a shorter form than the tales in the volume of "Youth" when the instance of a steamship full of returning coolies from Singapore to some port in northern China occurred to my recollection.
It was also my opportunity; and it would be vain to discourse about what I made of it in a handful of pages, since the pages themselves are here, between the covers of this volume, to speak for themselves.
His auditors were even more delighted with the contents of the present volume than with the specimens which have already been given to the world.
I made all sorts of inquiries about the children, not doubting that there would be great eagerness to hear of their welfare, among some good little folks who have written to me, to ask for another volume of myths.
Included are two volumes of Miniatures written for two people at one piano.
This is due to the difficulty in calculating volumes and surface areas for complex, real-world castings.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of these volumes is their simple existence, a sign of the current explosion of interest in the Harlem Renaissance, which has been signaled as well by major conferences in the U.K., France, and the U.S.
Historically, theatre designers have struggled with the typological challenge of large, windowless volumes. In the traditional urban theatre, impacted by adjacent context, the entrance facade usually became the principal focus, leaving the troublesome volumes containing the vast machinery of the stage and the acoustic chamber of the house safely buried out of immediate view.
Paul, 1920), MHS; 1930-1939, Volumes 13-18, Boyle Papers, MHS, ff.
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Fourth-quarter volume averaged 12.0 million contracts per day, up 17 percent from fourth-quarter 2009, and included record average daily volumes in agricultural commodities and metals and double-digit average daily volume growth in interest rates, FX, agricultural commodities and metals product lines.