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Sell Off

The rapid sale of a security by a large number of holders. This increases the supply of the security available for sale and therefore drives down the price. Sell-offs occur for a number of reasons. A stock may drop suddenly in price if its company issues a negative earnings report, or if there are reports of a new technology rendering the company's product obsolete, or if the company's costs rise. Sell-offs also happen for other, perhaps less rational reasons. For example, a natural disaster, which may or may not affect supplies, can cause a sell-off. See also: Panic Sale.
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A general decline in security prices. This term generally refers to a short- or intermediate-term decline rather than to an extended period of falling prices.
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A sell-off is a period of intense selling of securities and commodities triggered by declining prices. Sell-offs -- sometimes called dumping -- usually cause prices to plummet even more sharply.

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This follows a dip in Dow Jones industrials on Wall Street, which declined by over 1,000 points, thus deepening a week-long sell-off. This was followed by a significant dip in Asian markets.
The global equity sell-off has been building since last Friday when traders became spooked by the prospect of tighter monetary policy after the US posted strong average earnings data.
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"We have received lots of random sell-off requests last week from investors in the wake of the CBE move," Mohamed Amin, a Cairo-based trader, told Daily News Egypt.
He added: "The sell-off in developed markets and the currency crisis that we had in few emerging markets has triggered some profit-taking in the UAE market but the trend is intact so far."
Hester resisted both an early sell-off and more lending, so he was got rid off.
That is why any Government intent on doing a sell-off should exercise care, rather than rushing to do a sell-off in this way.
But they certainly did not start the sell-off of school playing fields.
Furthermore, Spelman claimed full responsibility after it became clear that the public and many members of Parliament were not happy with the proposed sell-offs.
Summary: LONDON -- The yen briefly hit record highs versus the dollar on Thursday as quake-hit Japan's nuclear crisis unleashed a global risk sell-off, while world stocks traded higher after Tokyo stocks came off earlier lows.
Redevelopment KWB is the property agent and says on its website that the site "offers redevelopment potential and the opportunity for retail, commercial or higher density residential use subject to planning consent.'' But the big sell-off of almost a third of police homes has prompted concern among officers who currently live in them with their families.
It found such a sell-off could generate more than pounds 2.2bn.