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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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Roddick - who had only beaten Murray twice in their previous seven meetings - struggled to hold serve and he was broken a second time as Murray edged closer to victory.
Having lost the initiative in the first game of the previous set, the pressure was on Murray to hold serve early in the fourth.
With Williams hit by the jitters Jankovic pushed home the advantage winning the next game from 0-40 down to hold serve and then took the set when Williams double-faulted.
Dupuis managed to hold serve, but Henman then held to win the match 6-3 6-4 in just under an hour and -a-quarter.
The strategy worked well early for Quinney, who was up a break at 3-1 and would have led 4-1 had he not twice hit the ball out after having the advantage as Young used a pair of aces to hold serve to make it 3-2.
The top seed and defending champion, unbeaten on clay this season, imposed his experience and baseline consistency during a 78-minute encounter in which both players struggled to hold serve.
Playing in overcast conditions, Williams started the match erratically and struggled to hold serve during the first set against a Czech girl she had never played before.
Second seed Williams made several unforced errors when serving at 5-5 to leave Davenport having only to hold serve to take the first set.
Osaka managed to hold serve in game 12 to send the contest to a tie-breaker.