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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
Used in the context of general equities. Sizable block of securities or commodities contracts that, if released on the market, would put downward pressure on prices; prohibits buying activity that would otherwise translate into upward price movement. Examples include shares held in a dealer's inventory, a large institutional holding, a secondary distribution still in registration, and a large commodity position about to be liquidated.
A block of securities or commodities contracts which is large enough to put downward pressure on prices if sold all at once.
Calculated as stock options granted, plus the remaining options to still be granted, and then divided by the total shares outstanding.