Record Low


DEFINITION of 'Record Low'

The lowest historical price level reached by a security, commodity or index during trading. A record low can be reached during a trading day, and is recorded regardless of whether it is the closing price. Record lows tend to be nominal values, which do not account for inflation.


Hitting an all-time record low is usually bad news for a publicly traded company. While some investors may be tempted into buying at such a low price, most buyers will be less optimistic about the situation and shy away from the stock. Companies who constantly hit record lows will typically struggle to rebound in value.

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