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

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I. overhang o‧ver‧hang 1 [ˌəʊvəˈhæŋ ǁ ˌoʊvər-] verb overhung PTandPP [-ˈhʌŋ] [transitive]
1. to have a bad influence on something:

• Currency worries overhung many engineering stocks.

2. overhang the market FINANCE if a large quantity of something overhangs the market, it has not been sold when it should have been and therefore has a negative influence on prices:

• There is not a huge surplus overhanging the market.

  [m0] II. overhang o‧ver‧hang 2 [ˈəʊvəhæŋ ǁ ˈoʊvər-] noun [countable, uncountable] FINANCE
an unsold quantity of something that has a bad influence on prices, markets etc:

• The huge overhang of world-wide crude oil inventories further depressed energy prices.

• As long as there is a supply overhang silver will do poorly.

— see also debt overhang

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overhang UK US /ˈəʊvəˌhæŋ/ noun [C, usually singular]
COMMERCE a quantity of goods or other things that have not been sold when they should have been: a stock/an inventory/a supply overhang »

We're about to enter the selling season with a really big supply overhang.

an overhang of sth »

Prices are unlikely to increase while there is an overhang of 40,000 unsold new houses.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a situation on a stock market in which a quantity of shares is available but not sold, reducing their price: an overhang of sth »

The potential overhang of more than 200 million shares of stock is one of a number of financial and legal risks that investors in the company face.

overhang UK US /ˌəʊvəˈhæŋ/ verb [T] (overhung, overhung)
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to bring down the price of something because there is too much of it available: »

Massive gold stocks continue to overhang the market, traders say.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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