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Informal for a stock or other security that has dropped in price over a given period. For example, if a stock opens at $5 and closes at $4.45, it is said to be a decliner for that trading day.


Stocks that have dropped, or fallen, in value over a particular period are described as decliners. If more stocks decline than advance, or go up in value, over the course of a trading day, the financial press reports that decliners led advancers.

The indexes that track the market may decline as well. If decliners dominate for a period of time, the market may also be described as bearish.

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On the other side of the spectrum, Saudi Printing & Packaging Company showing excessive losses of 4.05 percent became the major decliner for the third consecutive session.
Pfizer (NYSE:PFE), the biggest decliner of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, missed estimates this morning.  It is trading down 3.04 percent.
Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries, also known as Julphar, led the list of decliners, retreating 9.71 per cent to end at Dh2.51.
The two hardest-hit groups in December were the furniture and housewares group, with decliners doubling gainers in both categories.
One notable decliner outside the PSEi was ISM, which went down by 2.12 percent.
Miners led the decliners, plunging 3.33 percent," said Philstocks Financials.
Within the S&P, Salesforce +8.4%, Adobe +7.3% and Under Armour +6.6% are the top gainers, while Tiffany -10.8% (earnings miss), JM Smucker -7.3% and CME Group -3.3% are the deepest decliners. Within the Dow, Boeing +4.7%, CAT +4.1% (trade hopes) and UnitedHealth +4.1% were off to the races, while Verizon -1.2% is the deepest decliner, along with P&G -0.4% (defensive staples) and UT -0.4% (earnings).
Among the decliners was Nexstar Media Group, off $1.40 to $66.
Decliners outnumbered the advancers by a margin of 100 to 41 and the prices of 15 companies remained unchanged.
Major decliners included mining, real estate, and trading house issues.
Turning to the stock market, a look at pool and spa industry stocks shows both some big gainers and some big decliners. Mohawk Industries (+8.41) and Pentair (+5.28) were the leading gainers on NYSE, while the leading decliner was Centex Corp., at -11.68.
Decliners outnumbered advancers, 40 to 19, on the HFN stock index.