DEFINITION of Buy
"Buy" can be a term used in a number of different situations, such as the following:
1. To acquire possession and ownership of a good or service in exchange for payment, either in the form of money or the equivalent value.
BREAKING DOWN Buy
As brokers use different stock rating scales, investors should study them, to understand what the recommendations really mean. For example, “outperform” can mean “moderate buy," “accumulate," “overweight," and “add." When equity and bond analysts change their rating on a security, it will be “upgraded” if there is a positive change, or “downgraded” if there is a negative change.