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Economic and market data that represent an overall trend. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an example of a stock market barometer.

Barometer Stock

A stock in a well-known or highly-regarded company in a given sector. The performance of a barometer stock is considered to be an indicator of the performance of its particular sector or industry. The term "barometer stock" is chiefly British; in the U.S., the primary term is bellwether stock.


An indicator of fluctuations. For example, the S&P 500 is a barometer for stock market movements. Likewise, long-term interest rates are a barometer of inflationary expectations.
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Narrow stick barometers of a few inches wide and about 3ft 6ins in length dominated the scene from the earliest of days until about 1780 but remained in production until mid-Victorian times.
Building and using a barometer will help students become aware of air pressure (atmospheric pressure).
Banjo examples from the same period will be cheaper, at about pounds 500 upwards, while Victorian aneroid barometers range from pounds 100-pounds 450.
While some barometers have the words unsettled, stormy, fair, or sunny printed on them, the tendency of the barometer (whether it is rising or falling) along with the wind direction is a better forecaster of coming weather.
Britain's barometer industry is 400 years old and there is no recorded case of mercurial poisoning, in all that time, from the instruments.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the manufacture of barometers and other scientific instruments, especially for instruments for use in the shipping industry, boomed in both Liverpool and Manchester - there were mercury wheel barometers, stick barometers and Fortin barometers.
The primary driver behind the high ROEs implied by our barometers is the spread widening environment, which, in turn, has been driven by the following four factors:
These barometers became popular from about 1780 and were made until the end of the Victorian era.
224-5 of the Code of Social Security, Articles 9 and 31 of the Procurement Code and the decree of June 16, 2008 amended by the Decree of October 21, 2011, UCANSS, Central purchase under the Code of public contracts, concludes this framework agreement on the establishment and administration of institutional and social barometer of local social barometer for the 2016-2019 period.
The scale of this barometer is calibrated from 5-31in (rather than the usual 27-31in found on most domestic barometers) which would allow it to record altitudes up to 40,000ft.
Contract notice: This framework agreement is to the establishment and administration of institutional and social barometer of local social barometers for the 2016-2019 period.
The desire to predict the weather has led to many inventions including barometers, thermometers, barographs and anemometers.