over·​sold | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsōld How to pronounce oversold (audio) \

Definition of oversold

: likely to show a rise in price because of prior heavy selling and accompanying decline in price an oversold stock

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Recent Examples on the Web Sackton said snow crab from eastern Canada, the world’s largest producer, already is oversold and orders are now being filled with crab from Russia. Anchorage Daily News, "Loan program lets 8 young Alaska fishermen obtain quota shares," 13 Oct. 2020 Sell-Off Overdone The rand’s slump has pushed a technical indicator known as the relative strength index above the oversold level. Colleen Goko, Bloomberg.com, "South Africa’s Rand at Rock Bottom May Have Nowhere to Go But Up," 10 May 2020 Or fixating on whatever secret his superior is hiding up top (a tease that’s ultimately oversold). BostonGlobe.com, "Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson in “The Lighthouse.”," 17 Oct. 2019 Yes, much of Apple's gains came from a rebound in what had been an oversold stock market in late 2018. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Apple’s Stock Soared 89% in 2019, Highlighting the Company’s Resilience," 31 Dec. 2019 No, this two-win, mini-run of respectability shouldn’t be oversold. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Brian Flores brings the one ingredient Dolphins coaches have lacked for years | Commentary," 16 Nov. 2019 Another way of explaining the premium paid would be that U.K.-focused assets (not least sterling) are simply oversold, even when accounting for Brexit risks. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, "Why One of Asia’s Richest Men Is Buying a British Pub Business Right Before Brexit," 24 Aug. 2019 In fact, existing egg-preservation techniques are expensive, invasive, often ineffective—and regularly oversold. The Economist, "The fertility business is booming," 8 Aug. 2019 At the heart of the lawsuits are allegations that drug makers including Purdue Pharma LP and Johnson & Johnson downplayed the health risks of opioids and oversold their benefits through hyper-aggressive marketing campaigns. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "McKesson, AmerisourceBergen among opiod distributors proposing $10 billion payment to settle state claims," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of oversold

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Oversold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversold. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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