Bellwether stocks are typically large-cap equities that when performing well signal a bullish market but when performing poorly may signal a bearish market. Many different stocks may be classified as bellwethers; however, shipping and rail stocks have historically been particularly good bellwethers for the U.S. economy.
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bellwether — bell‧weth‧er [ˈbelˌweDə ǁ ər] noun [countable] FINANCE a type of stock, share etc whose price is thought to show the probable future direction of the market as a whole: • He periodically checks on a few properties chosen as bellwethers to see if… … Financial and business terms
Bellwether — A bellwether is any entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings. The term is derived from the Middle English bellewether and refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a… … Wikipedia
Bellwether — An event or indicator that shows the possible presence of a trend. The performance of certain companies/stocks and bonds are considered by analysts to indicate the condition of the economy and financial markets because their performance is well… … Investment dictionary
bellwether — [[t]be̱lweðə(r)[/t]] bellwethers N COUNT: usu sing, oft N n If you describe something as a bellwether, you mean that it is an indication of the way a situation is changing. [mainly AM, JOURNALISM] If interest in apartments remains high, it could… … English dictionary
bellwether — Not weather. Wether is an Old English word for a castrated sheep. A bellwether is a sheep that has a bell hung from its neck, by which means it leads the herd from one pasture to another. In general use, it signifies something that leads or… … Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors
bellwether — Not weather. Wether is an Old English word for a castrated sheep. A bellwether is a sheep that has a bell hung from its neck, by which means it leads the flock from one pasture to another. In general use, it signifies something that leads or… … Dictionary of troublesome word
stock market — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. the market, the exchange, syndicate; see business 1 , market 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. stock exchange, stock brokerage, American Stock Exchange, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ. WORD FIND • agent who … English dictionary for students
bellwether — n. male sheep that leads a flock (usually wears a bell); leader (Slang); talker, chatterer; stock or bond that is an indicator of the entire market s condition (Finance) … English contemporary dictionary
barometer stock — ➔ stock1 * * * barometer stock UK US noun [C or U] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET ► a share whose performance is believed to show how a stock market is developing or changing in general → See also BELLWETHER(Cf. ↑bellwether … Financial and business terms
Barometer Stock — A security whose price pattern is regarded as an indicator of the state of the overall market. All bellwether stocks are also barometer stocks … Investment dictionary