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.

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The researchers also noticed that this increase in alcoholic cirrhosis came after the stock market crash in 2008, which could imply that stress is a major factor. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Are More Millennials Dying of Alcohol-Related Liver Disease?," 27 July 2018 Everyday people can now share in the stock market gains (and the losses, too!) of Silicon Valley companies. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook is succeeding in spite of itself," 25 July 2018 The stock market is on track for its worst December since the Great Depression, almost 90 years ago. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “The Most Chaotic Presidency Ever”," 23 Dec. 2018 By going public first, Lyft is defining its own category on the stock market rather than ceding that turf to Uber, which would otherwise do so given its brand awareness and size. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Lyft had to beat Uber to an IPO filing," 6 Dec. 2018 In 1907, businessman and author Thomas Lawson published a novel entitled Friday, the Thirteenth about a rogue broker who chose that date to destroy the stock market. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, tax changes approved in Congress are expected to affect the stock market and businesses. Phillip Molnar,, "Is the economy in danger of overheating?," 11 May 2018 Publicis reported lower than expected fourth quarter sales late Wednesday, triggering a slide in its share price of as much as 14% when stock markets opened in Europe. Lara O’reilly, WSJ, "Weak Results From Publicis Hit Rest of Madison Avenue," 6 Feb. 2019 Tax relief means more money in paychecks, retirement funds in the stock market unleashed and roaring back. Fox News, "Women who know Kavanaugh respond to allegations against him," 17 Sep. 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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