over·​sold ˌō-vər-ˈsōld How to pronounce oversold (audio)
: likely to show a rise in price because of prior heavy selling and accompanying decline in price
an oversold stock

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The analysts like oversold sectors with a clear earnings recovery outlook, such as consumer goods and pharmaceutical companies. WSJ, 25 May 2023 Passengers on a Delta flight from Michigan to Minnesota say that the airline offered them $10,000 cash to give up their seats on an oversold domestic flight. Christine Mui, Fortune, 30 June 2022 Havasupai permit holders affected by the oversold bookings shared their thoughts on the Havasupai and Havasu Falls Facebook page. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2023 That peak occurred at the end of an oversold bounce and this reading looks to be more significant. Tom Aspray, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2023 But making Ford Motor an even more interesting and timely stock to look at, is the fact that in trading on Monday, shares of F entered into oversold territory, changing hands as low as $11.69 per share. Dividend Channel, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 The weekly chart for AMD is negative but oversold. Richard Henry Suttmeier, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 New legislation:Senate bill would require more detailed reporting on complaints from disabled travelers Airlines often negotiate with passengers at the gate to get volunteers to take a later flight when a particular service is oversold, and sometimes that compensation can far exceed DOT mandates. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 21 Feb. 2023 Some travelers have netted as much as $10,000 in compensation for deplaning an oversold flight this summer, and a Friday report published by The Wall Street Journal's Josh Zumbrun details the best way to take advantage of the current state of chaos in U.S. air travel. Dan Carson, Chron, 29 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversold was circa 1890

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“Oversold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversold. Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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