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Bear

An investor who believes a stock or the overall market will decline. A bear market is a prolonged period of falling stock prices, usually by 20% or more. Related: bull.

Bear

An investor who believes, for any technical or fundamental reason, that a security or the broader market will decline significantly. A bear takes the appropriate steps to limit losses during the period that they believe that the security will decline. They may sell their long positions or short sell the security to profit from the decline in price. See also: Bull.

bear

An investor who believes a security or some other asset or the security markets in general will follow a broad downward path. An investor can often be a bear on a particular security but not on the general market and vice versa. Compare bull.

bear

a person who sells a financial security (stock, share, foreign currency, etc.) in expectation that its market price is likely to fall. See SPECULATION. Compare BULL.

bear

a person who expects future prices in a STOCK EXCHANGE or COMMODITY MARKET to fall and who seeks to make money by selling shares or commodities. Compare BULL. See SPOT MARKET, FUTURES MARKET, BEAR MARKET.
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That Christmas gift you hated but couldn't bear to return last year could be perfect for somebody special on your list this year.
Today Alexandra couldn't bear more resemblance to her adoptive mother.
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He couldn't bear to leave a hook in such a magnificent animal.
He was professor of architecture at Venice University for many years, but none of the overseas posts lasted very long (he couldn't bear to be parted from his Milan practice for any great length of time).
He called the manuscript "That Man" as a rejoinder to Roosevelt's critics, who so hated FDR they couldn't bear to say his name.
Law says, ``I thought it looked great in the film, but I couldn't bear to look at myself once the filming stopped.
But," says Georgia, "the floor in the gallery couldn't bear the weight.
After Zoritch received eighteen curtain calls and critical raves for the ballet, Nijinska was so furious she couldn't bear to have him in the rehearsal studio if she were present.
I couldn't bear to see such a beautiful and potentially vibrant building destroyed, and in the process, an entire block of residences jeopardized.
The mainstream press--always eager to slam someone they perceive as "over"--painted Debbie as a belligerent has-been who couldn't bear to be upstaged, even by her own material.