Profit-taking meaning

The selling of a security in order to realize profits from a price increase.
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Selling an investment whose price has appreciated in order to capitalize on the difference between the price at which the investment was bought and the investment’s appreciated value. It often is used to explain why a market has moved lower after a sustained period of moving higher.
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The act of extracting profit, as cash or equivalent, from an investment, often by selling part of it.

The stock market was down today amid profit taking, the share holders wanted to get some of the increase in stock price as cash while they could.

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The sale of stocks after they have increased in value.
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