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- Type of Reports
- Shipping Point Report vs Terminal Report
- Common Types of Sales
- Price Trend
- Qualifying Terms
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- Report Abbreviations
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Price (Market) Trend
Indicates comparisons with conditions and prices which prevailed on the previous day, and in certain situations, conditions expected on the day following, or both. The term is prefaced with the term “MARKET,” as in “MARKET STEADY” or “MARKET HIGHER.”
The following terms are used to describe the price trend:
Prices are measurably higher than the previous trading session, and it is the reporter's opinion that the trend toward higher prices has not yet reached its highest level.
Prices are substantially higher than the previous trading day.
The majority of sales have prices which are measurably higher than the previous trading session.
A condition in which advances are less definite and less general than when “higher” is used.
Used rarely to indicate a condition of market uncertainty with lack of agreement by the trade as to whether prices tend to be lower or higher. May also represent an attitude pending the development or outcome of extraneous factors which might affect the market.
Prices are unchanged from the previous trading session.
Probably the most used term since a market situation seldomly remains exactly the same two or more consecutive days without some change, even though not significant.
Prices are relatively unchanged from the previous session, trading is inactive, and prices represent few sales.
A condition in which price declines are less definite and less general than when “lower” is used.
Prices for most sales are measurably lower than the previous trading session.
Prices are substantially lower than the previous trading session.
Indicates a downward trend. Prices are measurably lower than the previous trading session and may be lower the following day.
A condition in which the terminal market or shipping point is oversupplied with perishable commodities that cannot be sold except at extremely low prices.