bear market


Definition of bear market

: a market in which securities or commodities are persistently declining in value — compare bull market

Examples of bear market in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The benchmark index remains in bear market territory along with the tech-heavy Nasdaq, having fallen roughly 23% and 33% below their record highs, respectively. Sergei Klebnikov, Forbes, 22 June 2022 The tech industry as a whole has been facing a slew of layoffs and hiring freezes as the tech-heavy Nasdaq is in bear market territory, down 34% from its highs in November. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 16 June 2022 The Nasdaq, the first index to drop into bear market territory earlier this year, ended down 453.06 points, or 4.08%, at 10,646.10. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 16 June 2022 The Standard & Poor's 500 index officially fell into bear market territory Monday after falling more than 20% this year from its all-time high set in January. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 15 June 2022 The stunning figures sent the crypto and stock markets into a tailspin, with the Dow sinking nearly 900 points Monday and the Standard & Poor’s 500 falling into bear market territory, more than 20% off its peak. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 On Monday, the S&P 500 officially entered bear market territory. Rob Wile, NBC News, 15 June 2022 Stocks plunged again Monday, officially pushing the S&P 500 into bear market territory – which happens when stocks close down 20% or more from their most recent high. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 14 June 2022 The decline puts the S&P 500 back in bear market territory, defined as a 20 percent fall from the most recent high, after having briefly touching the benchmark in intraday trading last month. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 13 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bear market

1858, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bear market

bear entry 1 (one that sells in expectation of a price decline)

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25 Jun 2022

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“Bear market.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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