paint the tape
v. To increase the price of the stock by using unscrupulous methods (such as breaking up a large stock purchase into multiple small purchases to give the illusion of a buying frenzy).

Example Citation:
"Big blocks of merchandise define the market. They tell you whether it is truly strong enough, because little trades can lie — people can 'paint' the tape — but big prints like this never do."
—James B. Cramer, "A Piece of Business to Watch,", June 6, 2000

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