Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To perform not as well as (something else).
  • intransitive verb To perform (a musical or theatrical work, for example) too seldom.
  • intransitive verb To exhibit a level of performance that is below the standard.

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  • verb To underachieve, to not reach standards or expectations, especially with respect to a financial investment.

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  • verb perform less well or with less success than expected
  • verb perform too rarely

Etymologies

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under- +‎ perform.

Examples

  • Much of the upside from the subsidy appears to be priced into today's jump; expect short-term underperform, especially if subsidy details clarify enthusiasm wasn't fully justified.

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  • His recommendation is an understated "underperform" - Wall Street code for sell.

    Economics Roundtable

  • Italian auto group Fiat fell 2.8% after it was downgraded to "underperform" from "neutral" by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

    World Stocks Gain Ground

  • Pernod Ricard dropped 2.7% in Paris after the drinks company was downgraded to "underperform" from "neutral" at Credit Suisse.

    European Stocks Tick Higher

  • For instance, CLSA's Mike Mayo, who has an "underperform" rating on CitIgroup, says the bank, after refusing to give him meetings with senior management for nearly two years, recently acquiesced and met with him Oct. 1.

    Bearish Calls: Two Analysts Get Shunned Over Their Views

  • The analyst rated the stock an "underperform" and applied a $0 price target.

    Gannett Goes Down, YRC Sees Red

  • Italian auto group Fiat SpA fell 2.8% after it was downgraded to "underperform" from "neutral" by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

    European Stocks Inch Upward

  • The analyst rated the stock an "underperform" and applied a $0 price target.

    Gannett Goes Down, YRC Sees Red

  • The investment bank downgraded the stock to "underperform" from "buy" and cut its target price by 38% to 4.40 Hong Kong dollars (about 57 cents).

    Bawang Denies Report of Carcinogens in Shampoo

  • Woods cut its investment rating on the stock to "underperform" from "market perform" and set a share-price target of $6 for the insurer, saying it sees "little long-term value in the common shares."

    Caterpillar, Alcoa Are Part of Broad Decline

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