Held

AAA

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."

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS '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

    Refers to any of the measures used by stock exchanges during ...
  2. Trading Curb

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

    A temporary suspension in the trading of a particular security ...
  4. Trade Resumption

    To resume trading activities after having been shut down (halted) ...
  5. Held At The Opening

    A situation in which a security is restricted from trading when ...
  6. Bulldog Market

    A nickname for the foreign bond market of the United Kingdom. ...
Related Articles
  1. Looking For Profit In Privately-Held ...
    Fundamental Analysis

    Looking For Profit In Privately-Held ...

  2. Tax Withholding: Good For Government, ...
    Taxes

    Tax Withholding: Good For Government, ...

  3. The Wall Street Animal Farm: Getting ...
    Insurance

    The Wall Street Animal Farm: Getting ...

  4. What does
    Options & Futures

    What does "in street name" mean, and ...

comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. Halloween Massacre

    Canada's decision to tax all income trusts domiciled in Canada. In October 2006, Canada's minister of finance, Jim Flaherty, ...
  2. Zombies

    Companies that continue to operate even though they are insolvent or near bankruptcy. Zombies often become casualties to ...
  3. Witching Hour

    The last hour of stock trading between 3pm (when the bond market closes) and 4pm EST. Witching hour is typically controlled ...
  4. October Effect

    The theory that stocks tend to decline during the month of October. The October effect is considered mainly to be a psychological ...
  5. Repurchase Agreement - Repo

    A form of short-term borrowing for dealers in government securities.
  6. Correlation

    In the world of finance, a statistical measure of how two securities move in relation to each other. Correlations are used ...
Trading Center