DEFINITION of 'Market Is Off'

A common phrase meaning that the stock market (or a major market index) is trading lower than at some specific point in the past. The market could be off in comparison to the previous day's closing level, last month's closing level or the closing level a year ago.


A synonym is "the market is down;" the opposite expression would be "the market is up."

BREAKING DOWN 'Market Is Off'

Many things can cause the market to be off. During earnings season, worse-than-expected reports from a number of companies could depress the market. When reporters say "the market is off," they are often referring to the Dow Jones Industrial Average, an index of 30 key stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq. If the Dow closed at 12,000 on Monday and at 11,800 on Tuesday, the market would be off at Tuesday's close.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Market Is Up

    A common phrase meaning the stock market (or a major market index) ...
  2. Close

    The end of a trading session in financial markets. "Close" refers ...
  3. Previous Close

    A security's closing price on the preceding day of trading. Previous ...
  4. Dow Jones U.S. Market Index

    A market-capitalization-weighted index maintained by Dow Jones ...
  5. Dow Jones Industrial Average - ...

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted average ...
  6. Closing Range

    The band of prices that a security trades at in a specified period, ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    Why The Dow Matters

    Although the DJIA only includes 30 stocks, it can tell you a lot about the market as a whole.
  2. Investing

    How Stock Market Indexes Changed Investing

    Find out how the first market averages were calculated and what they mean for investors today.
  3. Insights

    What's The Difference Between The Dow And The Nasdaq?

    The way people throw around the words “Dow” and “Nasdaq” makes them seem synonymous with “the market.” But there are important differences.
  4. Insights

    An Introduction to Stock Market Indices

    Investopedia explains the five most talked about indices and what makes them all different.
  5. Investing

    What Is The Difference Between The Bond Market And The Stock Market?

    The differences between the two markets involve how each product is traded and the risks they present.
  6. Trading

    How The Price Of Stock Futures Is Calculated

    Any derivative that exists can be securitized into a future, though of course most investors deal with the stock variety. Here's how they're priced.
  7. Insights

    A History Of Wall Street Profitability

    Learn about the performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Averages (DJIA) through the decades.
  8. Personal Finance

    Why You Should Understand The Stock Market

    Even if you don't invest a cent in stocks, you should still understand how the stock market works. Find out why.
  9. Investing

    Understanding And Playing The Dow Jones Industrial Average

    Learn strategies for investing in this price-weighted index and how to interpret its movements.
  10. Investing

    Dow Chemical Stock Trades Ex-Dividend Tuesday (DOW)

    Dow Chemical will send its dividend payment on July 29 to shareholders of record as of June 30.
RELATED FAQS
  1. Is the Dow Jones a stock exchange?

    Learn about the Dow Jones Industrial Average and its impact. This historically significant index provides a daily snapshot ... Read Answer >>
  2. When can you trade the stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)?

    Find out when you can trade shares linked to the Dow Jones Industrial Average during NYSE and Nasdaq trading sessions. Read Answer >>
  3. What is the difference between the Dow and the Nasdaq?

    Because of the way people throw around the words "Dow" and "Nasdaq," both terms have become synonymous with "the market," ... Read Answer >>
  4. Can you buy shares in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA)?

    Invest in the Dow Jones Industrial Average index through index funds or ETFs. Read Answer >>
  5. What are these points that the Dow is always gaining or losing?

    The Dow is a list, or index, of companies considered to be good indicators of the market's strength. Simply put, these companies ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Cash Flow

    The net amount of cash and cash-equivalents moving into and out of a business. Positive cash flow indicates that a company's ...
  2. PLUS Loan

    A low-cost student loan offered to parents of students currently enrolled in post-secondary education. With a PLUS Loan, ...
  3. Graduate Record Examination - GRE

    A standardized exam used to measure one's aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics ...
  4. Graduate Management Admission Test - GMAT

    A standardized test intended to measure a test taker's aptitude in mathematics and the English language. The GMAT is most ...
  5. Magna Cum Laude

    An academic level of distinction used by educational institutions to signify an academic degree which was received "with ...
  6. Cover Letter

    A written document submitted with a job application explaining the applicant's credentials and interest in the open position. ...
Trading Center