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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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Summary: Powerful Hurricane Earl is bearing down on the east coast of the US on a path toward North Carolina's barrier islands.
RECESSION is bearing down on Internet search giant Google after the US firm posted its worst revenue performance in nearly five years as a public company.
Midway through the first half, May found himself bearing down on goal after Garry Thompson's headed flick-on, but the ball got caught under his feet and Colchester keeper Jimmy Walker collected.
Porthmadog were guilty of wasting chances, notably Carl Owen, who could have got a hat-trick when bearing down on the home target.
With next year's labeling change bearing down, he says, companies are "going to lose the customers [unless they] make this minor capital investment."
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And with a 17stone flanker bearing down on them, wings might even flap.
Fortunately the hapless pair noticed the horses bearing down on them in the nick of time and made a hasty exit under the rails much to the relief of clerk of the course Barry Johnson.
The unsettling sensation that one's own act of spectatorship is under surveillance by an imagined community bearing down by boat or on horseback reinscribes Eggerer's theme of the uneasy integration of the individual into the social.
Why else would you fling yourself through the air when big centre forwards are bearing down on you, or dive in at their feet and get kick for your troubles?
Logan was sent off a minute before the break for hauling down Barry Robson as the Forfar man was bearing down on goal.
With the millennium bearing down on us, American pop culture has been hastily rummaging through its attic, and suddenly the war that brought us Ike, the Andrews Sisters, and Rosie the Riveter has been catapulted back to the top of the charts.