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Windfall profit

A sudden unexpected profit uncontrolled by the profiting party.
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A sudden, unexpected profit or gain. A windfall may occur, for example, after a company announces an earnings surprise and its stock consequently jumps significantly. Companies may also experience windfall when demand for their products skyrockets; for example, an umbrella manufacturer may see windfall during an especially rainy year. See also: Windfall shares, Windfall tax.
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windfall profit

an exceptional gain or PROFIT arising from a sudden and unexpected change in market conditions which serves to raise the price of a FINANCIAL SECURITY, FIXED ASSET or STOCK.
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