stock market


Definition of stock market 

2a : a market for particular stocks

b : the market for stocks throughout a country

Examples of stock market in a Sentence

We lost money in the stock market. International stock markets saw declines at the end of the trading day.

Recent Examples on the Web

Still, opportunities in the digital-currency markets have drawn financial-industry heavyweights who played major roles in the electronification of the U.S. stock market in the 1990s and 2000s. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "New York Stock Exchange Executive to Join Winklevoss Bitcoin Firm," 6 July 2018 The world still spins, and the stock market goes up and down. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Meaninglessness of the Stock Market Index in a Digital World," 20 June 2018 Philadelphia in recent years bet a big chunk of its pension savings on the U.S. stock market, which hit record values over the past few years but has stumbled lately since President Trump promised to increase import taxes. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Philly credit rating cut; S&P cites higher school, pension costs," 23 Mar. 2018 Buzz60 Trade wars and tariff talk are a drag on 401(k) plans, as all the grim headlines drown out good news and cap gains in the stock market. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "How 401(k) investors can profit from strong earnings season on Wall Street," 13 July 2018 Following the stock market crash of 1929, steel production slowed as the economy tumbled into the Great Depression. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Bitter fights over trade within the Trump administration again broke into the open, driving wild swings in the stock market as the White House’s top trade adviser clashed with the Treasury secretary over restrictions on foreign investment. Bob Davis, WSJ, "Trade Rift Within Trump Administration Sends Stocks on Wild Ride," 25 June 2018 Millennials, particularly, should not fear the recent bout of stock market volatility. Michael Wagner, miamiherald, "Millennials should embrace, not fear, stock market volatility | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 The stock market also got a fresh sign that inflation is moving higher. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Regain Ground After Losses," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of stock market

1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stock market

: the business or activity of buying and selling stocks

: a system for buying and selling stocks or a place where stocks are bought and sold

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Kids Definition of stock market

: a place where shares of stock are bought and sold

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Legal Definition of stock market 

2 : a market for particular stocks

3 : the market for stocks throughout a country

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