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rally

verb ral·ly \ ˈra-lē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of rally

rallied; rallying
transitive verb
1 a :to muster for a common purpose
b :to recall to order
2 a :to arouse for action
b :to rouse from depression or weakness
intransitive verb
1 :to come together again to renew an effort
2 :to join in a common cause
3 :recover, rebound
  • rallied briefly from his illness
4 :to engage in a rally

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Origin and Etymology of rally

French rallier, from Old French ralier, from re- + alier to unite — more at ally


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rally

noun

Definition of rally

plural rallies
1 a :a mustering of scattered forces to renew an effort
b :a summoning up of strength or courage after weakness or dejection
c :a recovery of price after a decline
d :a renewed offensive
2 :a mass meeting intended to arouse group enthusiasm
3 :a series of shots interchanged between players (as in tennis) before a point is won
4 or less commonly rallye
[French rallye, from English 1rally]
:an automobile competition using public roads and ordinary traffic rules with the object of maintaining a specified average speed between checkpoints over a route unknown to the participants until the start of the event

Examples of rally in a Sentence

  1. Supporters held a rally for the candidate.

  2. Protesters staged an antiwar rally.

  3. Stock prices are up after the dollar's rally yesterday.

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First Known Use of rally

1646


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rally

verb

Definition of rally

rallied; rallying
transitive verb
:to attack with raillery :banter

Origin and Etymology of rally

French railler to mock, rally — more at rail


Financial Definition of RALLY

rally

What It Is

A rally is a period of hours, days, weeks, months, or sometimes years during which securities prices consistently rise.

How It Works

Identifying and measuring rallies is both art and science. Of course, different market sectors may experience rallies at different times.

The causes and characteristics of rallies vary, but most financial theorists agree that economic cycles and investor sentiment both play a role in the creation and momentum of rallies. In general, information about a strong or strengthening economy, indicated by high employment, high disposable income, low inflation and high business profits usually ushers in a rally. The existence of several new trading highs for well-known companies also indicates a rally is occurring. It is important to note that government involvement affects rallies: Changing the federal funds rate or tax rates indirectly encourages economic expansion or contraction.

Rising investor confidence also indicates a rally, and it is perhaps more powerful than any economic indicator because when investors believe something is going to happen (a rally, for example), they tend to take action (purchasing shares in order to profit from expected price increases) that actually turn expectations into reality. Although it is an objective concept, investor sentiment shows through in mathematical measurements such as the put/call ratio, the advance/decline line, IPO activity, and the amount of outstanding margin debt.

As investors take profits or react to bad news or negative indicators, rallies generally unravel over time.

Why It Matters

Rallies usually present a multitude of moneymaking opportunities for investors because prices are generally rising across the board. But rallies don’t last forever, and they don’t always give advance notice of their arrival, so the investor must know when to buy and when to sell to maximize his or her profits. This means the investor must attempt to "time the market" or gauge when a rally has begun and when it is ending.

Analysts spend thousands of hours trying to mathematically determine what will trigger the next rally and how long it will last. Technical analysis is especially prevalent in this effort, although less sophisticated indicators such as hemline fashions or the NFL division of the latest Super Bowl winner also provide fodder for such predictions. This in turn can sometimes lead to speculation that a rally is just around the corner, which can then become a self-fulfilling prophecy.



RALLY Defined for English Language Learners

rally

noun

Definition of rally for English Language Learners

  • : a public meeting to support or oppose someone or something

  • finance : an increase in price or value after a decrease in price or value

  • sports : an occurrence in which a team or player that has been behind or playing badly begins to play well


RALLY Defined for Kids

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rally

verb ral·ly \ ˈra-lē \

Definition of rally for Students

rallied; rallying
1 :to bring or come together for a common purpose Supporters rallied at the capitol building.
2 :to publicly support or oppose
  • The whole school rallied behind the principal.
3 :to rouse from low spirits or weakness
  • The patient rallied and survived.
  • The team rallied to win the game.

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rally

noun

Definition of rally for Students

plural rallies
1 :a sudden improvement in performance or condition
  • The team's late rally helped them win.
2 :a big meeting held to rouse enthusiasm


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