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Break

A rapid and sharp price decline. Related: Crash.

Break

1. A sudden, unexpected change in a security's price or in a market's value. While a break could indicate either upward or downward change, the connotation is negative. Especially on the futures market, a break means a steep decline in price, usually the result of a natural disaster affecting the underlying.

2. Less frequently, break refers to a discrepancy in a brokerage's accounting books.

break

1. A sharp price decline in a particular security or in the market as a whole. A break usually occurs when unexpected negative information is made public and investors rush to sell. Also called market break.
2. A discrepancy on the books of a brokerage firm.

break

1. To dissolve an underwriting syndicate.
2. See bust.
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King broke serve to go 9-8 up only to miss two darts for the match and Wade took it to a decider.
The Swiss was in no mood to hang around and broke serve twice from the off as he raced through the first set 6-1.
She looked set for a swift win after moving a set and 5-2 ahead, but Barrois, who began the match with a white headband but soon found a cap was essential, broke serve twice to put the match almost back in the balance.
In the third set, Mamiit had a 5-2 lead but Querrey broke serve in the eighth game and held to pull within 5-4.
But Henin-Hardenne then broke serve four times to force a decider and eased home.
With both players looking for their third national crown, Tunstall drew first blood when he broke serve in the fifth game of the first set, only for Tiverton's Willcox to break back straight away.
The fifth seed and world number seven was rarely stretched in the first set and after she broke serve for a 3-1 lead in the second the match was effectively over.
But Murray didn't allow his first serve frustrations to get the better of him and he again broke serve early in the third set.
However, Murray broke serve once again and served out.
Sweeting, the world number 69, rarely looked like taking a rally that went beyond two or three shots, a point that was highlighted when he overhit a drop shot that allowed Nadal to punch home a forehand winner that broke serve again.
Del Potro broke serve twice in the second set and after levelling the match with an unstoppable forehand he looked the more likely winner.
The Russian broke serve twice to win the first set 6-4, but a solitary break saw Williams take the second.