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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.
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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.
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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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It has likewise slid by 15.3 percent from the stock barometer's peak level of 8,118.44 seen last July.
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).
The figures broadly reflected the last barometer carried out in the spring, although more firms currently said they were suffering from the impact of the recession, at 52.9% - an increase of 10% in six months.
A device called a "barometer" is used to measure barometric pres sure.
The Council accepted most of the Parliament's first-reading amendments with the exception of an amendment calling for a complete exemption for traditional barometer manufacturers.
Barometers and thermometers do of course contain mercury, but it is encased in glass and presents only a fractional risk.
Barometers came about in the mid- 17th century when Evangelista Torricelli discovered that mercury held in a vacuum would rise and fall according to the changes in atmospheric pressure.
QWE have a 19th Century barometer which, as well as having the large main dial, has got a small dial at the top and a thermometer and another circular dial at the base.
In this article, we introduce our CDO ROE barometers, which quantify the attractiveness of issuing and investing in CDOs at a given time.