from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling or similar to a bear in appearance or manner.
  • adjective Causing, expecting, or characterized by falling prices or declining economic conditions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Partaking of the qualities of a bear; morose or uncouth in manner.
  • Heavy and falling: applied on the stock-exchange to prices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Partaking of the qualities of a bear; resembling a bear in temper or manners.
  • adjective (Stock market) Fearful of or anticipating falling prices, as in the stock market.
  • adjective (Stock market) Tending to cause prices to fall.
  • adjective Pessimistic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Resembling or likened to a bear, typically in being rough, surly, or clumsy.
  • adjective stock market Characterized by falling share prices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective expecting prices to fall


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  • The second reason I am short term bearish on NFLX is I am very suspicious of the recent price increases.

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  • The first reason I am short term bearish is that technically, in my opinion, it has become very overbought.

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  • Even so, strategists at Morgan Stanley set up short-term bearish wagers on bonds.

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  • "The euro-dollar remains supported by Trichet's hawkish comments, and while we are long-term bearish on the euro, we would expect the euro to continue to rise and we like it to hit the $1.36-$1.38 area in the next week or so," said Mary Nicola , currency strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

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  • "We're seeing a lot of short-term bearish play combined longer-term speculative play that the dividend will go through as Bank of America wants it," said TD Ameritrade chief derivatives strategist Joe Kinahan .

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  • In addition, the buying in stocks, euros and other riskier investments was described as largely the reversal of short-term bearish bets rather than long-term investors voicing optimism about the outlook.

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  • Options traders made a beeline for near-term bearish contracts.

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  • The average net cost of the long-term bearish transaction amounts to $1.14 per contract.

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  • Near-term bearish traders sold 4,400 calls at the May $21 strike to take in a premium of $0.30 per contract.

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