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1. To trade a security without driving the market price in any direction. That is, a security is said to absorb transactions when they do not cause the price to go up or down.

2. To refrain from passing on a cost to customers. For example, a business absorbs a cost when it must pay an additional $1 per unit in taxes but does not raise a unit's retail price by any amount.
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To offset sell orders or a new security offering with buy orders.
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While the skin absorbs a very small percentage of the aluminum in antiperspirants, studies show, natural health advocates raise questions about the effects of constant exposure.
This system absorbs over 90% of the damaging force, providing optimum safety and security during earthquakes as severe as the Kobe earthquake of 1995.
Less than 20% of nonheme iron, the type found in non-animal-product foods, is absorbed into the body when consumed.
Additionally, plants normally absorb other nutrients--like the elements nitrogen and phosphorous--from the soil through their roots.
Based on these statistics, for every office job created, approximately 120 square feet of office space in the rental inventory was absorbed.