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Glossary Term: TICK

Definition(s) for TICK:


1. ) refers to a change in the price of a security. An uptick occurs when the last trade in a security takes place at a higher price than the prior trade. A downtick occurs when the last trade in a security takes place at a lower price than the prior trade.

2. ) The smallest allowable increment of price movement for a contract.

3. ) The tick is the direction in which the price of a stock moved on its last sale. An up-tick means the last trade was at a higher price than the one before it and a down-tick means the last sale price was lower than the one before it. A zero-plus tick means the transaction was at the same price as the one before, but still higher than the nearest preceding different price. The tick becomes especially important when large market movements trigger the implementation of certain circuit breakers meant to stabilize the market.

4. ) The smallest unit price change allowed in trading a security. For listed stock, this is generally 1/8th of a point. For a listed option under $3 in price, this is generally 1/16th of a point. For a listed option over $3, this is generally 1/8th of a point.


See Also:
CLOSING TICK, UP TICK, ZERO-MINUS TICK, ZERO-PLUS TICK, DOWN TICK


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