down·​trend | \ ˈdau̇n-ˌtrend How to pronounce downtrend (audio) \
plural downtrends

Definition of downtrend

: a tendency downward especially in economic matters : a downward trend : downturn a downtrend in the stock market The Enron bankruptcy reinforced the downtrend in the stock market, which led to further bankruptcies and news of further corporate and individual misdeeds.— George Soros

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Recent Examples on the Web Since then, it's been a slow turn for the market, from the heady 2021 bull days to the 2022 lower highs / lower lows downtrend period. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Note the downtrend line connecting the June low with the late September low — the MACD indicator beneath it is diverging positively. John Navin, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Technically, the stock is in a steep downtrend that began in July 2021. Adam Sarhan, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 Economists expect the measure of factory-gate prices to continue its downtrend through the year on easing supply-chain bottlenecks and the negative base effects. Wsj Staff, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2022 Weston also said the BA.2 subvariant could slow the COVID's downtrend in the city, and noted other variants may continue to cause surges due to global vaccine inequity. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Feb. 2022 The downtrend is much starker in the individual bay systems on the middle and lower coasts. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Jan. 2022 Then, in the last report, the two current components showed a larger drop - still at good levels, but indicative of a downtrend. John S. Tobey, Forbes, 28 Aug. 2021 The monthly relative performance (RS) has risen for the past two months and is now testing its WMA and the downtrend (line b). Tom Aspray, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of downtrend

1890, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Downtrend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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