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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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The match was littered with errors, particularly in the third set when neither player could hold serve in the first six games.
A rip-roaring display saw Gasquet hold serve in the eighth game and level the match at 4-4.
Simon had chances to hold serve but was broken again in the sixth game - although he gave his supporters something to cheer when he accepted a third opportunity to break and reduced the deficit to 5-2 with a forehand which was too hot for Murray, then held serve.
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.
Daniel then saved break points to hold serve for the first time and there were no further breaks until 5-2 in the first set.
The second set saw both players hold serve over the first five games, before de los Reyes ended the pattern in the sixth to take a 4-2 advantage.
"Well, to be honest, I think I was a little lucky to hold serve at 4-1," he said.
Li clinched the following tiebreaker before the deciding set became a matter of which player could manage to hold serve.
Baltacha, right, failed to hold serve in the opening set of a match that lasted just 57 minutes and said: "I need to work on my serve.
Murray finally made his move, pushing 5-3 ahead, but he could not hold serve to give Blake another chance.
Chasing down a Blake drop-shot just inches from the net, he produced a supreme drop-shot of his own to hold serve for 5-5.
Murray saved three break points to hold serve in the fourth game thanks to five backhand mistakes from the Swiss, and another backhand error from Federer gave the Scot the break to lead 3-2.