Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An increase, especially a small or incremental one: last week's uptick in interest rates.
  • n. A transaction in a stock market security above the price of the previous transaction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small change upwards or increase in something that has been steady or declining.
  • n. A stock market transaction or quote at a price above a preceding one.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a transaction in the stock market at a price above the price of the preceding transaction

Etymologies

From the indication of a rise in price of a stock by a plus sign on boards above stock market stations.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
up +‎ tick (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Whether the uptick is about setting a precedent against opponents early on or something else, the presence of a player like King can certainly give other teams pause before challenging the Capitals.

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  • Whilean $8,000first-time home buyer tax credit and a separate $6,500 repeat home buyer tax creditexpiring at the end of April mayplay a role in influencing sales — after all, the credits exist to spur them — the uptick is notable.

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  • Psychologists believe the uptick is most likely linked to the recession, she said.

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  • If the DJIA falls by the target amount, the collar is called the uptick rule.

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  • It simulates, (i) the associated medium term uptick in household and corporate sector loan losses in the banking book, and (ii) immediate mark to market losses arising from trading book holdings of government bonds of each country.

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  • The brewer of Castle and Carling beer may see a short-term uptick from the soccer World Cup in South Africa, where it has a nearly 90 percent market share, even if SAB's management did not believe it would see a significant uptick in volumes.

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  • That followed comments he made in March when he called the uptick in homicides "worrisome," and decried, "We have fewer police officers on the streets than we did before."

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  • An Opera spokesman tells us that unlike Mozilla, his company has not seen a significant download uptick from the French.

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  • But a short-term uptick in crime isn't necessarily unusual, said Lt. Mike Woods of the Columbus police burglary unit.

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  • Also, we know that Keynesian stimulus creates a short term uptick in economic activity, what people fail to realize is that if you don't have a significant cutback in government spending when the economy is in growth mode, all you're doing is creating another bubble that will eventually burst.

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  • "The city’s courts, meanwhile, have registered an uptick in the number of people getting arraigned on minor charges: In 2007, the last year for which the court system published statistics, the number of arraignments for infractions and violations was the highest in 10 years – 20 percent greater than the previous year."
    - Robert Neuwirth, The Criminalization of Everyday Life, citylimits.org, March 2009.

    April 5, 2009