over·​bought | \ ˌō-vər-ˈbȯt How to pronounce overbought (audio) \

Definition of overbought

: not likely to show an immediate rise in price because of prior heavy buying and accompanying price rises an overbought market

Examples of overbought in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The weekly chart for the S&P 500 (4,180.38) is positive but extremely overbought. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 The weekly chart for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (.DJI) is positive but extremely overbought. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Warning signs were already showing in the market last week, with the gauge trading in overbought territory, above its 200-day moving average and higher than the key 27,000 point level. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Jan. 2019 These three sectors are starting to look overbought. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 28 June 2019 When the Nasdaq 100 Index reached all-time highs in January, the gains were fairly broad-based, with roughly 40 percent of its constituents in overbought territory and at 52-week highs. Luke Kawa, Bloomberg.com, 5 June 2018 As the tech-heavy gauge hit new records this month, the advance is concentrated in big names -- fewer than 20 percent of its members are overbought and at one-year highs. Luke Kawa, Bloomberg.com, 5 June 2018 The Hong Kong shares have been either oversold or overbought -- and often both -- every year since its 2002 initial public offering in the city. Bloomberg.com, 2 May 2018 Recent corrections in Brent have shown prices hit a speed bump only when the reading on its Relative Strength Index climbs to 75, well past the usual overbought signal of 70. Serene Cheong, Houston Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of overbought

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Overbought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbought. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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