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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Several emergency rooms have reported an uptick in scooter injuries, although no city has provided data to confirm the trend. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Bird, Lime named in class-action lawsuit," 22 Oct. 2018 San Francisco Suicide Prevention, which provides counseling and outreach in the city and runs a hotline for those struggling emotionally, reports an uptick in the number of calls over the past year. Kurtis Alexander, The Seattle Times, "Global warming will increase suicides, researchers say," 23 July 2018 Likewise, SourceForge, another code-hosting platform, reports an ongoing uptick in migrations from GitHub. Klint Finley, WIRED, "GitHub Developers Are Giving Microsoft a Chance," 30 June 2018 As department stores try to turn around years of lackluster sales and compete with online shopping, off-price retailers, especially T.J. Maxx — which reported an uptick in first-quarter sales in February — continue to do well. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "She visited 60 stores to celebrate her 60th birthday, so T.J. Maxx threw this Abington woman a birthday party | Elizabeth Wellington," 9 May 2018 The stock market tumble after the government reported an uptick in wages last month suggests just how worried investors on Wall Street are that the Federal Reserve might start increasing interest rates more aggressively to forestall inflation. Eduardo Porter, New York Times, "Come the Recession, Don’t Count on That Safety Net," 20 Feb. 2018 Less than a month before that, Google confirmed a recent uptick in hacks on its Nest security cameras, allowing attackers to peer into users homes and utter obscenities and abuse through its microphone. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Two Major Airlines Admit to Undisclosed Cameras in Aircraft Entertainment Systems," 22 Feb. 2019 Hulu executives noticed an uptick in adoption and retention rates, the person said. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Hulu Raises Price of Live TV Service, Cuts Cost of Basic Plan," 23 Jan. 2019 The pre-registeristration program started in September 2016 and more than 100,000 have signed up, according to the California Secretary of State’s Office, which noticed an uptick in recent weeks. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "No question they're serious, but will the kids vote?," 25 Apr. 2018

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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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