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Overhang

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Used in the context of general equities. Sizable block of securities or commodities contracts that, if released on the market, would put downward pressure on prices; prohibits buying activity that would otherwise translate into upward price movement. Examplesinclude shares held in a dealer's inventory, a large institutional holding, a secondarydistribution still in registration, and a large commodity position about to be liquidated.

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