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Daily Chart

A visual display of a financial instrument's price activity in intervals of one day.

Dark Cloud Cover

A Candlestick Chart pattern that signals a bearish trend, where a black candlestick forms just after a long white Candlestick.

Dated Day

Specifies date where newly issued bonds begin to accrue interest.


A acronym for the German index of the 30 leargest stocks on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Day Order

An order to buy or sell a security prior to close of trading for that day. The order is cancelled if not filled.

Day Trading

A trading strategy which involves opening and then closing out all trades prior to market close within a single day.


A live trade transaction completed at current market price as opposed to an order.


A type of bond that is unsecured - not secured by physical assets or collateral. Commonly used by governments and corporations to raise capital.

Debit Balance

The amount of funds an investor must have in their margin account following a successful purchase of a security, to settle the transaction.

Debt/Equity Ratio

An indicator of a corporation's financial leverage. Calculated through dividing long-term debt by common stock shareholder's equity.

Declaration Date

The day where a corporation's Board of Directors meet to announce the date and amount of the next dividend payout.

Declining Issues

An informal reference for stocks whose prices have fallen over a period of time.

Declining Volume

The number of stock shares traded for a given day where prices fell.

Defensive Stock

A stock whose stable performance is not correlated with overall stock market performance.


The amount by which a resource (usually monetary), falls short of a specified amount. A deficit is the opposite of surplus.


The removal of a stock's listing on an exchange.

Delivery Month

A designation within a Futures contract that specifies the contract's expiration and when delivery of the underlying asset must occur.


Rate of change in the theoretical value of an option for a $1 change in the underlying asset.

Demand Index

A decision support tool designed by James Sibbit that reflects the buying and selling power of markets through formulas based on volume and price ratios.

Demand Pull Inflation

A term that describes price behavior due to an inbalance in the aggregate supply and demand of an economy. 

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