Capital loss

Definition:

The difference between the net cost of a security and the sales price, if the security is sold at a loss. Also used in a more general context to refer to the market for stocks, bonds, derivatives and other investments.

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Heavy

An equities market now dominated by sellers, or oversupply, resulting in falling prices. See: Overbought, resistance level, tired.

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