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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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At the bar, Walton was held down by security workers and then arrested without incident, police said.
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Gareth is said to have died from "positional asphyxia" after choking on his own vomit as he was held down in the hold, which has since been banned by the Home Office.
At commodity-focused sessions, attendees heard hopeful news regarding a rebound in ferrous scrap and aluminum prices, while copper prices may continue to be held down by an overcapacity of mined material.
The report explains that the average case is estimated to cost $3,500-but the cost to the applicant seeking a declaration of nullity is held down to $800.
As workers have attempted to shift to other sectors, gains in nominal wages and increases in prices in nontradeable goods industries have been held down as well.
The results suggest either that Dickinsonia, which lived on the seafloor, was denser than paleontologists previously suspected or that the organism was held down by the mats of microbes that covered the ocean bottom at the time.
At the same time, costs have to be held down, so that buildings become more and more flash and architecture is reduced to glued-on effects.