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Sell off

Sale of securities under pressure. See: Dumping.
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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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As with the great British selloff during the 80s, including the privatisation of British Gas, BT and the railways, I think very few could argue that it's been a system that has worked for the benefit of the British public.
London - Oil rose on Tuesday after one of its biggest selloffs this year but looked vulnerable to more falls after China's stock market took another tumble and Greece moved closer to leaving the euro zone.
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The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was little changed Tuesday after erasing a drop of 1.3 percent, as a rally among energy and technology shares offset concern over China and Greece that sparked a global equities selloff.
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