bellwether

Definition

A stock or bond that is widely believed to be an indicator of the overall market's condition. A bellwether company is often one of the most prominent companies in its field. Called "barometer stock" in the United Kingdom.

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You should try and follow a bellwether so that you know how good the overall market is doing at that time.

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We had the bellwether available to us and knew it would tell us some things about the condition of the market.

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My hedge fund manager got excited and decided to start buying up stocks after he saw that one of his bellwether companies had done very well in the last quarter.

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