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Bears and bulls

Bears and bulls, popular terms for stock and commodity investors of opposing views of market prospects. Bulls believe that stock prices will rise, bears that they will fall. Bulls therefore buy, where bears seek to sell, either to prevent a loss or to buy back at lower prices. Rising stock values are therefore referred to as a bullish market, while falling ones constitute a bearish market.

See also: Commodity exchange.

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