from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The sale or disposal of a relatively large number of stocks, bonds, or commodities that often causes a sharp decline in prices.

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  • n. The large-scale selling of stocks

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  • n. a sale of a relatively large number of assets (stocks or bonds or commodities) at a low price typically done to dispose of them rather than as normal trade


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  • Meanwhile, a growing shift toward physical gold "ought to mean that investment will be more solid and less prone to short-term selloff of the kind seen in the futures market in late 2010 and early 2011," the consultancy said.

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  • Worries of reduced demand from China could result in a short-term selloff, says Guy LeBas, fixed-income strategist at Janney Capital Markets.

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  • Emerging Markets Hold Some Appeal Global fund managers are still somewhat pessimistic about investing in emerging-market stocks, with nearly half expecting a short-term selloff, Merrill Lynch & Co. said in a survey released Wednesday.

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  • I think at least a short term selloff is likely when the FED pauses and then again when the FED first cuts.

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  • "We need to differentiate between short-term selloff versus the medium-term trend of more diversification into a number of emerging-market assets," said Clyde Wardle, a developing-nation currency strategist at HSBC Holdings Plc in New York. -- Top News

  • He called the selloff proposal "an act of desperation for a group that has done almost all the savings it can do" in a time of austerity and municipal budget cuts.

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  • While this is a sign of a healthy market, when it spikes to such high levels, it typically means a short-term selloff is in the cards.

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  • Weiss believes that we could see a "major near-term selloff in the dollar," as the end of May saw "the beginning of the end of that goodwill period."


  • Some market watchers called the selloff an overreaction, but acknowledged that panic has taken hold of some investors -- intensifying daily market moves of several hundred points up and down.

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  • "The selloff was a little overdone," said Tom Power , a senior market strategist with MF Global.

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