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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.


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.


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.
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.
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.
But they certainly did not start the sell-off of school playing fields.
A spokeswoman for Punch said the managed house division - which represents about 800 pubs - will be exempt from the sell-off.
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.
Earlier this week, Japanese stocks suffered their worst two-day sell-off since 1987.
But pension funds in the United States are huge investors and a broad sell-off could theoretically lower the value of the stocks being disposed of.
Byline: The Government is to stage a Au16 billion asset sell-off as part of moves to stabilise the public finances.
The anticipated sell-off of the EOP portfolio got underway as soon as the ink was dry on the REIT's record-breaking $39 billion purchase by Blackstone last week, and New York developer, Harry Macklowe, was first off the mark.