Define: Uptick

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Definition: Uptick


Quick Summary of Uptick


a transaction in the stock market at a price above the price of the preceding transaction



What is the dictionary definition of Uptick?

Dictionary Definition


  1. A small change upwards or increase in something that has been steady or declining.
  2. finance A stock market transaction or quote at a price above a preceding one.

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Full Definition of Uptick


An uptick is a transaction that occurs at a higher price than the previous trade for a given security. An uptick is sometimes called a plus tick. The opposite of an uptick is a downtick. A zero uptick, while not actually a downtick, is a trade that occurs at the same price as the prior transaction where that prior trade was an uptick. The zero uptick is sometimes called a zero-plus tick. The opposite of the zero downtick is the zero uptick. The uptick and zero uptick sometimes matter in the case of short sales. For instance, SEC regulations limit certain short sales to trades that are either an uptick or a zero uptick. Such a rule is called a tick test.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Uptick 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