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To maintain ownership of a security over a long period of time. "Hold" is also a recommendation of an analyst who is not positive enough on a stock to recommend a buy, but not negative enough on the stock to recommend a sell.


1. To not sell. That is, to continue to own a security. See also: Buy-and-hold strategy.

2. A recommendation by an analyst to neither buy nor sell a security. An analyst makes a hold recommendation when technical and/or fundamental indicators show middling performance by a security. It is also called a neutral or market perform recommendation.


A securities analyst's recommendation to hold appears to take a middle ground between encouraging investors to buy and suggesting that they sell.

However, in an environment where an analyst makes very few sell recommendations, you may interpret that person's hold as an indication that it is time to sell.

Hold is also half of the investment strategy known as buy-and-hold. In this context, it means to keep a security in your portfolio over an extended period, perhaps ten years or more.

The logic is that if you purchase an investment with long-term potential and keep it through short-term ups and downs in the marketplace, you increase the potential for building portfolio value.

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The district is confident with the No Child Held Back Education Innovation Grant and utilizing strategies that are outlined in the book, "No Child Held Back" that will be able to enhance their student's education, provide a more structured technology strategy for the system that will promote greater interaction with students, parents, and teachers.
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LABOUR have been saying for years that Liverpool is being held back by its Liberal Democrat leadership.
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Musicians can teach themselves how to write their own pieces at home, rather than having to wait in class for a turn on the computer or be held back by the learning styles of their peers.
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Students who score in Level I, the lowest level of four rankings, on standardized reading and math tests, taken for the first time in third grade, would be automatically held back starting this June.