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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
holding the market
The activity of placing and/or maintaining buy orders to create price support for a commodity or security in a downward trend. The activity is usually illegal, except in certain circumstances, such as when the SEC has given approval to an underwriter to hold the market in a new issue.
e illegal practice of maintaining and/or placing a sufficient number of buy orders to create price support for a security or commodity in an amount to of stabilize a downward trend.