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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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Both players held serve during the first five games of the third before Ivanovic found herself facing break point at 30-40 but, after a fierce forehand set up a tense and lengthy deuce, she eventually came through.
He held serve for a 6-3 win over Young to earn the straight-set victory.
But Bartoli regrouped and held serve to love, sealing her first grand slam title on her fourth match point with her sixth ace after one hour 21 minutes.
Gasquet held serve in the seventh game to make the score 5-2, but the outcome was inevitablefor Andy Murray as he cruised to a 6-2 victory in the fourth set, with his pinpoint exploits taking their toll on the weary Gasquet.
Brown held serve to avoid a whitewash - maintaining his habit of serving with the same 'lucky' ball after winning a point -and then broke back with the aid of two crunching forehand returns.
But Henin held serve and blasted a forehand winner on her way to breaking Petkovic in the fifth and ninth games, to take the match, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Murray held serve to make it 3-3, but then took the first break of the second set at the first opportunity to move 4-3 up.
Cilic looked in control with a 4-1 lead in the second set but Melzer held serve and Cilic started making errors on a windy afternoon.
Al Janahi broke Linge at 4-4 and then held serve to win the first set.
The pattern continued as Murray took the sixth game on Blake's serve with a second break to go to 3-3 and it quickly became 4-3 as he held serve.
Murray converted the break at the third attempt in the second game of the opening set and went 5-0 up, before Stepanek held serve for the first time in three attempts.
The pair held serve until the sixth game of the fifth set when Verdasco saved two break points and produced several big serves to hold.