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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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The Belgian claimed the early advantage, breaking in a competitive opening game - which lasted eight minutes - before holding serve to take a 2-0 lead.
Anastasia held serve and Sania then put on her best display of the match, holding serve in a catand- mouse game that featured multiple deuces.
Roddick was still on the back foot at the start of the second and had to save two break points before finally holding serve.
Baltacha fell two breaks down early in the second set before eventually holding serve twice, but it was too late as Molik eased to victory in 56 minutes.
Murray conceded a break point in the second game of the second set and Stepanek took his opportunity before holding serve for the second time in the set to go 3-0 up.