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(1) The point in time at which a security's price begins to trend upwards after trending downwards. (2) The price level at which a security's price begins to trend upwards after trending downwards.
The lowest level of support in price for a security, index, or market over a given time frame. The security, index, or market is highly unlikely to go below the bottom; if it does so, it may cause panic selling. During a prolonged bear market, when a market is dropping more or less continuously for a long time, investors often question when the market will find bottom, which means that they wish to know when the market will begin to rise again, or at least stabilize.
The low point of stock prices measured by one or more of the stock averages or indexes. Compare market top.