up·​tick | \ ˈəp-ˌtik How to pronounce uptick (audio) \

Definition of uptick

: increase, rise an uptick in sales an uptick in hiring

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Examples of uptick in a Sentence

an uptick in sales over the last fiscal year

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Existing home sales figures for May reported earlier this month by the National Association of Realtors suggest there has been a recent uptick in buyers taking advantage of those low rates after a slow start to the selling season. Will Parker, WSJ, "Home Prices Decelerated in April," 25 June 2019 Reportedly accompanying these economic woes are an uptick in violence and political unrest that’s now hard to ignore. Jessica Eise, Quartz Africa, "How foreign aid helped and hurt one of the world’s poorest countries," 21 June 2019 There has been a big uptick in services to homeowner associations. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Iguanas are worse than ever and we’re spending big bucks to get rid of them," 21 June 2019 The number of people coming across the border has declined from a peak of around two decades ago, but recently there has been an uptick. The Economist, "ImmigrationImmigration shapes the politics of California and Texas," 20 June 2019 Reportedly accompanying these economic woes are an uptick in violence and political unrest that’s now hard to ignore. Jessica Eise, The Conversation, "How an aid gusher helped and hurt Liberia," 14 June 2019 Along with Northern Triangle countries, there has been an uptick in unauthorized immigration from India and Venezuela since 2007. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Number of Mexican undocumented immigrants has sharply declined since 2007," 12 June 2019 The results suggest low confidence in the region’s drivers at the same time there has been an uptick in traffic fatalities in the area — including sharp increases in deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "More Washingtonians say drivers are bad than say the same of cyclists, walkers, scooter riders, poll finds," 10 June 2019 There’s even been a recent uptick of films taking part in the conversation. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, "Kat Running for City Council on "The Bold Type" Is a Major Win for Young People Fighting for Change," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of uptick

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uptick

up entry 2 + tick entry 1

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Financial Definition of uptick

What It Is

Uptick refers to the increase in the market price of a security over the preceding transaction.

How It Works

If a new trading price for a security is higher than the preceding one (even by one cent), the security is on an uptick. For example, stock XYZ is trading for $10.00 per share. If the next time stock XYZ is traded it sells for $10.01, it has had an uptick.

An uptick is also sometimes called a plus tick.

Why It Matters

Upticks are most important when it comes to short-selling stocks. The "uptick rule," which was in place from 1938-2007, required every short-sale transaction be entered on an uptick. This rule was instated to keep short sellers from putting unjust pressure on a stock's price, adding to a security's downward spiral.

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English Language Learners Definition of uptick

US : a small increase or rise

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