uptick

noun up·tick \ ˈəp-ˌtik \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of uptick

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

Examples of uptick in a Sentence

  1. an uptick in sales over the last fiscal year

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Origin and Etymology of uptick


Financial Definition of UPTICK

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.


UPTICK Defined for English Language Learners

uptick

noun

Definition of uptick for English Language Learners

  • : a small increase or rise



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