Definition of profit taking
: the selling of commodities or securities at prices in excess of cost to realize profits
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Financial Definition of PROFIT TAKING
What It Is
Profit taking is the act of selling stock to take advantage of a sharp rise in the stock price.
How It Works
Occasionally, investors will sell off their shares in a stock after the stock rises sharply. It may occur as a result of an event that triggers a rise in the stock or when a stock just follows the broad currents of a bull market. It may also occur when traders are looking for the opportunity to sell and even a small surge in the market brings new buyers willing to pay sellers' prices.
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