What is Bull Markets and Bear Markets.

June 21, 2009

There are two ways to describe the general conditions of the stock market: it can be a bull market or a bear market. A bear market indicates the continuous downward movement of the stock market. Conversely, a bull market indicates the constant upward movement of the stock market. A particular stock that seems to be increasing in value is described to be bullish while a stock that seems to be decreasing in value is described to be bearish.

The bull and bear terms do not refer to the short term fluctuations in the stock market. A bear market is the stock market wherein the prices of the key stocks have fallen by 20% or more over a period of at least two months. Prices, even during a bear market, may temporarily increase. Bull markets, being the opposite of bear markets, indicate a rise in the prices of the key stocks over a certain period of time.

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