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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What’s been the secret behind this uptick of international filmmakers wanting to come to Thailand? Mathew Scott, The Hollywood Reporter, "Thailand Cashes In On International Film and TV Productions as Incentive Scheme Takes Root," 22 Aug. 2019 The high cost and low availability of housing within the county have played a large role in the uptick of homelessness, according to Ken Cole, director of the county’s department of housing. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "As RV dwelling soars, San Mateo County’s homeless population rises 21 percent," 1 July 2019 Cashew butters were up to $12.6 million, representing an uptick of 4.9%. Deena Shanker, latimes.com, "Big Dairy wants you to know vegan butter isn’t actually butter," 20 June 2019 With the uptick of travelers including immersive experiences as a part of their daily travel itinerary, the days of taking a simple beach trip are over. Cieja Springer, Essence, "If You Want To Walk On The Wild Side Or Sleep Under the Stars, These Airbnb Adventures Are For You," 17 June 2019 But after a signature win against Djokovic in the French semis, Thiem has had no uptick. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Mailbag: U.S. Open Week One; Should We Buy the Coco Gauff Hype?," 29 Aug. 2019 The bureau says spending is likely up because of an uptick in people staying the night. USA TODAY, "Record grapefruit, light rail win, Snake Road: News from around our 50 states," 29 Aug. 2019 They were also concerned by an uptick in religious waivers and new data that showed pockets of vulnerability, although the state’s overall vaccination rate remains high. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Gov. Ned Lamont overrules health commissioner; supports new law to release immunization data," 28 Aug. 2019 Mortgage applications have seen an uptick with lowering interest rates, especially with refinance loans, but the market appears highly sensitive to small changes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego home sales up for first time in a year," 28 Aug. 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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