in the green (stock market)

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ain'ttranslationfun?

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US English
I recently heard "in the green" used to talk about rising stock prices, probably because this trend is shown by an upward-pointing green arrow in graphics on TV screens and in color graphics in neswpapers . Is this expression a common replacement for "in the black" (as opposed to "in the red") in this context now?
 
  • Andygc

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    British English
    Share prices are never "in the black". In my English that expression refers to a credit balance in a bank account - although I've not seen red ink used on a bank statement in years, I have seen it on accounts spreadsheets.

    If you search for images of share price displays you will find that trading screens use green for shares to buy and red for shares to sell. Although I have no knowledge of stock exchange jargon, "in the green" seems a natural expression to use.
     
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