up·​tick | \ˈəp-ˌtik \

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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And the past 10 or so years have seen an uptick in recognition. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Empress of Gulf Coast Soul Barbara Lynn receives NEA honor," 20 June 2018 Construction goods and building supplies have been a major source of sales taxes, City Manager Jack Griffin said, as the region has seen an uptick in housing construction. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Marcos passes $77 million budget, adds a new school resource officer," 14 June 2018 The American Cancer Society says some studies looking at whether the powder can cause cancer in the ovaries have found a small uptick in risk, while others didn’t find any increase. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit," 12 July 2018 There’s been an undeniable uptick in downtown foot traffic, and a lot of that has come from weekend tourists. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky International Convention Center on pace for August opening," 28 June 2018 Although economic growth is usually accompanied by an uptick in public transit use, ridership is down in San Francisco, where half the residents use Uber or Lyft. Susan Crawford, WIRED, "Autonomous Vehicles Might Drive Cities to Financial Ruin," 20 June 2018 While no one can explain the recent uptick in deaths, Maloyan suspects news coverage and social media may be factors. Matthew Segal, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Complicated Case of the Colorado Street Bridge," 18 June 2018 President Trump's overall approval rating is now 42 percent, a slight uptick from last month, and his highest approval since last spring, shortly after a U.S. military strike in Syria. CBS News, "Mixed views of Trump-Kim summit, fewer uneasy about conflict now," 18 June 2018 Only Milwaukee County saw an uptick in closings, rising 1.6 percent to 1,234 from 1,214 a year ago. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "May home sales slip in metro Milwaukee amid short supply of houses on the market," 12 June 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

: a small increase or rise

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