Market overhang

Definition:

The theory that, in certain situations, institutions wish to sell their shares but postpone the sale because large orders under current market conditions would drive down the share price and that the consequent threat of securities sales will tend to retard the rate of share price appreciation. Support for this theory is largely anecdotal.

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An attempt to acquire a large portion of a company's stock to gain control by offering stockholders a premium over the market value for their shares.

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