Synthetics

Definition:

Customized hybrid instruments created by blending an underlying price on a cash instrument with the price of a derivative instrument. It is a combination of security holdings that mimics the price movement of another single security (i.e., synthetic call: long position in a stock combined with a put on that position; a protected long sale; synthetic put: short position in a stock combined with a call on that position; a protected short sale).

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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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