profit taking

noun Stock Exchange.
the selling of securities that have risen in price above costs; selling in order to realize a profit.

Origin:
1895–1900

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profit taking
 
n
selling commodities, securities, etc, at a profit after a rise in market values or before an expected fall in values

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Example sentences
Most of the crowd was enamoured with capital gains, believing in a constant
  churn of stocks and profit taking.
Profit taking by betting on the spread only depreciates the real value of a
  company and investments.
The only way they make a profit taking over a government program is to cut
  services or increase revenue.
Investing is a responsibility, profit taking is a privilege, and kids should be
  expected to set aside money for charity.
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