Definition of underperform
: to do worse than
: to fail to do as well as expected
underperformanceplay \ˌən-dər-pə(r)-ˈfȯr-mən(t)s\ noun
Examples of underperform in a Sentence
The report shows which schools are underperforming.
Recent Examples of underperform from the Web
Those are the two schools with the infrastructure to be consistent national championship contenders, and both have new coaches, and Texas has been underperforming basically from Colt McCoy’s graduation.
So far, their picks have miserably underperformed, as noted in the recent scathing audit by Alverez & Marsal.
According to its website, Viking Partners is a private equity, property investment firm that specializes in purchasing underperforming commercial sites and making them profitable.
But Hollingsworth faces the challenges of being a new member and having underperformed in 2016 compared to Trump’s performance.
Matson was apparently unhappy because the special teams unit was underperforming.
That's because this Monday, as in so many recently, Chinese audiences have bailed out a high-profile blockbuster that underperformed on its home turf.
The impact on an index when a single company underperforms is usually either slight or offset by gains from its competitors.
The plot was ice-thin, the movie overall too kitschy, viewers felt that George Clooney underperformed, and nobody could get over those nipples on the batsuit.
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Financial Definition of UNDERPERFORM
What It Is
How It Works
Analysts regularly evaluate and project stock performance. Analysts may provide this service on behalf of a particular brokerage house, or for private clients, or even for public dissemination through reports and investment publications. Analysts will evaluate the financial conditions of an underlying security and any competitive information available about the industry. Based on this analysis, a stock may be described along a range from the lowest rating, "strong sell," (i.e. not expected to perform well or recover) to the highest rating, "strong buy" (i.e. big performance gains expected). Analysts generally use the term "underperform" to refer to a stock that is fundamentally stable, but expected to perform below the market or industry sector to which the stock belongs. The category “underperform” is alternatively referred to as "moderate sell" or "weak hold."
Why It Matters
Investors can gather valuable information from analysts' recommendations about particular stocks. Not all analysts' recommendations are consistent or based on the same measures of a company's activities or expected performance. Understanding and weighing varying recommendations is an important part of an investor's work.
UNDERPERFORM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of underperform for English Language Learners
: to be less successful than expected or required
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