Definition of downtick
: 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
What It Is
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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