Hold

DEFINITION of 'Hold'

An analyst's recommendation to neither buy nor sell a security. A company with a hold recommendation generally is expected to perform with the market or at the same pace as comparable companies.

Also known as "neutral" or "market perform".

BREAKING DOWN 'Hold'

Exact definitions vary by brokerage, but this rating is better than sell, but worse than buy. It means that if you own a security you still shouldn't sell, but you also should not buy the security if you don't own it already (or do not buy more of it if you do).

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