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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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Malisse was looking comfortable, and both players held serve for the first nine games.
Djokovic held serve to stay in the match, but his joy was short-lived as Murray found himself with two match points in the 12th and sealed a place in the final thanks to a weak shot into the net from Djokovic.
Frustration Nadal held serve to close out the match and set up a last-four meeting with either compatriot Feliciano Lopez or Ivan Dodig of Croatia.
Simon had chances to hold serve but was broken again in the sixth game, although he reduced the deficit to 5-2 with a forehand which was too hot for Murray, then held serve.
He then changed his shirt, an encouraging statement of his intent to continue, and held serve with the aid of his 16th ace.
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.
The Swiss player broke Hanescu twice in the first set and held serve despite landing only 40 percent of his first serves and double-faulting twice.
Venus Williams was off to a blistering start when she broke the Chinese player in the first and third games and held serve effortlessly to reach 4-0 and take 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 was hitting with more venom now and he easily held serve to take the set.
Soderling held serve for 4-1 but Federer, who had never lost to Soderling in nine previous matches, kept up the pressure and clinched the first set on the Swede's serve with a crosscourt passing shot.
Roddick held serve at the start of the second set but Murray broke again in the third and fifth games to put the result comprehensively beyond doubt.