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One who has bought a contract to establish a market position and who has not yet closed out this position through an offsetting sale; the opposite of short.

Long Position

The ownership of a security or derivative, or the state of having bought one or the other. A long position brings with it the right to coupon payments or dividends attached to the security or derivative. Informally, one who owns 100 shares of a stock is said to be "long 100 of the stock." Likewise, an investor who has bought (or holds) an option is said to be "long the option" because he/she has the right to exercise the option at a later date. See also: Short position, Close a position.


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In an attempt to cut costs, much of Taiwan's industry has come to look longingly at relocating to mainland China.
Kent speaks longingly of importing the likes of Laurence Fishburne or Morgan Freeman, if they would ever consider London "fringe" wages of less than $500 a week.
Simultaneously, they gazed longingly at the socialist star to the East whose brilliance guided them, producing skits that revolved around Soviet developments (and myths).
Whatever must be on Compuserve must be tenfold on Internet," he said longingly.
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SOME may call me nostalgic but I can't help looking back longingly to the days when one could go into a restaurant, cafe or bar in Newcastle without being surrounded by dogs.
Did people stare longingly at their defunct Lauryn Hill tickets and weep, "Since you feel so strongly, Lauryn, I guess you're right?
Chile is that long, long narrow country - last season he warded off homesickness by gazing longingly at Per Mertesacker (below).
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It was last on the list due to a long summer but this past couple of weeks I've been hovering round an empty grate looking longingly at it.
The video also features the 34-year-old singer reclining on a sun lounger in tight pink shorts, gazing longingly at a girl dancing on an underground train in tight shorts and gesticulating at a woman working out on a beach - in tight shorts.