downtick

noun
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of downtick

  1. :  a stock market transaction at a price below the last previous transaction in the same security — compare uptick

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Origin and Etymology of downtick

4down + 2tick


Financial Definition of DOWNTICK

downtick

What It Is

A downtick occurs when a security sells at a price less than the preceding sale. A downtick is the opposite of an uptick.

How It Works

For example, if there is a trade for XYZ Company at $15.50 per share, and the next trade occurs at $15.48 per share, the XYZ shares are said to be "on a downtick ."

Why It Matters

Several consecutive downticks indicate a bearish price trend. However, a few downticks alone are not enough information to form a solid opinion on the direction of a security. It may be only random "noise" in the security's price.


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