Define: Spike

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Definition: Spike


Full Definition of Spike

A spike is an extreme high or low of in a day’s share price action. And where the market spends little time.

Hence, traders expect a given price to settle down to a more normal level within an hour or so – unless there are specific circumstances such as a takeover offer. The result is a single spike bar (or maybe more than one bar) on a daily share price chart.


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Definition Sources

Definitions for Spike are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 15th February, 2020