A bear is an investor who believes a stock's price -- or the market as a whole -- is going to go down.
Bears are generally described as pessimistic because they believe that a future stock or market price will go down.
An investor who is bearish will either sell stocks he or she has bought long or sell stocks short to capitalize on the expected decline in price.
The opposite of a bear is a bull.
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