(redirected from holding court)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


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.

References in periodicals archive ?
As a result the ground is likely to ride good - so no excuses, but you just wonder whether Holding Court will be quite good enough.
Coral report continued support for French Derby hero Holding Court who has been shortened to 5-2 from 11-4 for the race.
PBut Brian Meehan's decision to add Holding Court to the line-up is more of a surprise, as the Listed Zetland Stakes had been mentioned as the colt's likely target after his six-length win at Haydock Park last Wednesday.
Holding Court beats Marienbard in the Grand Prix de Deauville, his last victory for Newmarket trainer Michael Jarvis
It was very soft ground at Chantilly four weeks ago when Holding Court turned the French Derby into a procession, beating Lord Flasheart by a staggering six lengths.
Both Holding Court and Sinndar are racing for a $1 million bonus on offer to the horse who can win either the English or French Derbies and then go on to be successful at the Curragh tomorrow.
Ladrokes bet: 5-4 Sinndar, 2-1 Holding Court, 9-4 King's Best, 14-1 Ciro, 20-1 Glyndebourne, 66-1 bar.
THE prospective clash between Sinndar and Holding Court in the Budweiser Irish Derby, and the possible appearance of King's Best, has given bookmakers a classic puzzle.
HOLDING COURT can give Newmarket trainer Michael Jarvis his first French Derby success at Chantilly today.
With the likes of Steffi Graf and Boris Becker holding court there, chances are he'll see PLENTY of Otto-mobiles.
Jockeys crowding the inside rail could make it difficult for those coming from behind to find a clear run, meaning the best place could be in front-and Holding Court is probably the best front-running middle-distance horse in Europe.
A wet summer may not suit everyone, but it is just what the doctor ordered for Newmarket trainer Michael Jarvis, who really got back into the big time when Holding Court ran away with the French Derby in June.