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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.
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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.
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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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Henman started confidently in his first tournament since Wimbledon, as both players held serve in the first few games.
Venus got back one break and closed to 4-3, but Serena held serve and saw Venus net a forehand in the next game, ending the match.
Henman was given the point and held serve to send the match into a tie-break.
Both players held serve in the next two games but Dolgopolov fashioned a match point in the tenth game and sealed victory after one hour and 23 minutes.
The second set went with serve until Mamiit hit a couple of superb passing shots to break and then held serve for the set.
Srichaphan held serve to win his first game of the set before Henman moved into a 5-2 lead, looking to close out the match.
He saved a break point at 1-1 with Nadal ahead 40-30 for deuce and almost held serve after a second deuce, but a mounting tally of unforced errors meant he surrendered a crucial break for 2-1.
Trailing 6-1 4-1 and having held serve only once, Murray shook hands with Djokovic and his team to bring an end to the contest.
The Japanese, playing Djokovic on grass for the first time and seeking to end a 12-match losing streak against the Serb, held serve in the third set to 3-2 before running out of steam to go 4-2 down against an opponent in merciless form.
In the second set, both sides held serve until Dodig and Chan broke to go up 5-3.
And though Rivera, who eased past Aileen Rogan, 6-2, 6-0, in the Final Four, held serve in the fifth and broke back in the sixth for a 4-2 count, Iglupas regrouped and fought back from love-30 by racking up four straight points.
Keys responded by winning the next three, and the set was level at 5-5, before the American held serve and broke her opponent.