Held

DEFINITION of 'Held'

A reference to a long position in a security. The term "held," in the investment context, refers to securities or assets owned by an investor or trader. It may also refer to a situation where a security is temporarily unavailable for trading. In the latter case, the term "held" may not be used in isolation, but may be part of a larger, more descriptive term such as "held at the opening."

BREAKING DOWN 'Held'

Stocks "held" generally refer to long positions or securities owned by investors, as opposed to short positions which may be referred to as stocks "sold short."


The term also appears as a matter of routine disclosure in the investment press. For example, in an article where an investment guru or other individual is expounding on his or her top picks, the disclosure about whether the writer held a long position in the stocks being discussed, would usually appear at the end of the article.


"Held at the opening" refers to a stock with a temporary hold or restriction on trading at market open, due to an order imbalance or pending dissemination of some important information by the company or a regulatory body.




RELATED TERMS
  1. Circuit Breaker

    Circuit breakers are measures approved by the SEC to curb panic-selling ...
  2. Held At The Opening

    A situation in which a security is restricted from trading when ...
  3. Trade Resumption

    To resume trading activities after having been shut down (halted) ...
  4. Trading Curb

    A temporary restriction on program trading in a particular security ...
  5. Trading Halt

    A temporary suspension in the trading of a particular security ...
  6. Value Investing

    The strategy of selecting stocks that trade for less than their ...
Related Articles
  1. Fundamental Analysis

    Looking For Profit In Privately-Held Companies

    Private companies offer unique opportunities for those with the knowledge and resources to take advantage.
  2. Taxes

    Tax Withholding: Good For Government, Bad For Taxpayers

    It's important to understand where that money coming out of your paycheck goes and why - after all, you earned it.
  3. Insurance

    The Wall Street Animal Farm: Getting To Know The Lingo

    Finance professionals speak a different language, but the terms they use are more familiar than you think.
  4. Stock Analysis

    If You Had Invested Right After Berkshire Hathaway's IPO (BRK.A)

    Learn how much you would now have if you had invested right after Berkshire Hathaway's IPO, and find out the classes of shares that you could invest in.
  5. Active Trading

    Market Efficiency Basics

    Market efficiency theory states that a stock’s price will fully reflect all available and relevant information at any given time.
  6. Economics

    The History of Stock Exchanges

    Stock exchanges began with countries who sailed east in the 1600s, braving pirates and bad weather to find goods they could trade back home.
  7. Fundamental Analysis

    5 Predictions for the Chinese Stock Market in 2016

    Find out why market analysts are making these five ominous predictions about the Chinese stock market in 2016, and how it may impact the entire world.
  8. Economics

    How Interest Rates Affect The U.S. Markets

    When indicators rise more than 3% a year, the Fed raises the federal funds rate to keep inflation under control.
  9. Investing Basics

    Financial Markets: Capital vs. Money Markets

    Financial instruments with high liquidity and short maturities trade in money markets. Long-term assets trade in the capital markets.
  10. Wealth Management

    How to Invest Like a Millionaire in 2016

    Discover how to start 2016 strong by learning how to imitate the investing strategies that distinguish millionaire investors from most average investors.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What does "in street name" mean, and why are securities held this way?

    In almost every instance when you buy or sell securities with a broker, your name is not actually on the stock or bond certificate. ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What's the difference between publicly- and privately-held companies?

    Privately-held companies are - no surprise here - privately held. This means that, in most cases, the company is owned by ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Why would a corporation issue convertible bonds?

    A convertible bond represents a hybrid security that has bond and equity features; this type of bond allows the conversion ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What is the difference between passive and active asset management? (SPY)

    Asset management utilizes two main investment strategies that can be used to generate returns: active asset management and ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the formula for calculating the capital asset pricing model (CAPM) in Excel?

    The capital asset pricing model (CAPM) measures the amount of an asset's expected return given the risk-free rate, the beta ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What is the formula for calculating return on investment (ROI) in Excel?

    Return on investment (ROI) measures the performance of an investment by measuring the gain from an investment and the cost ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Socially Responsible Investment - SRI

    An investment that is considered socially responsible because of the nature of the business the company conducts. Common ...
  2. Inverted Yield Curve

    An interest rate environment in which long-term debt instruments have a lower yield than short-term debt instruments of the ...
  3. Presidential Election Cycle (Theory)

    A theory developed by Yale Hirsch that states that U.S. stock markets are weakest in the year following the election of a ...
  4. Super Bowl Indicator

    An indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in ...
  5. Flight To Quality

    The action of investors moving their capital away from riskier investments to the safest possible investment vehicles. This ...
  6. Discouraged Worker

    A person who is eligible for employment and is able to work, but is currently unemployed and has not attempted to find employment ...
Trading Center