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Buying stocks just before prices fall and selling stocks just before prices rise in a volatile market, often as the result of misleading signals.


1. A change in a security's price quickly followed by another change in the opposite direction. For example, a security could rise $1 then quickly lose $2, or it could fall 50 cents then rise 75 cents. Whipsaws are significant risks for day traders and speculators who may lose large amounts of money in short-term trading.

2. To buy securities at a market top or to sell at a market bottom. That is, one whipsaws when one buys or sells securities at exactly the worst possible time. One whipsaws out of fear or out of misreading market signals. To whipsaw is also called to chatter.
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WASHINGTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- "Today's decision by the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish and support aggressive efficiency standards for air conditioners is a great victory for consumers, who have been whipsawed this year by winter heating bills and then record gasoline prices," said Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan.
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March was a turbulent month as markets were whipsawed by changing sentiments over the war in Iraq," stated George Van, Chairman of VAN.
share prices ended down Friday in a market that opened down and whipsawed in negative territory throughout the day, Market News International reported.