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to be optimistic about the economy


aufwärts tendierend, optimistisch, auf steigende Tendenz spekulierend, preistreiberisch bull market : der Markt mit stetig steigenden Kursen, der Verkäufermarkt



“After watching the market post clear gains during the second quarter, investors are feeling more BULLISH as the markets reopen today after the Fourth of July holiday. Hopes are spreading that the economic slump is nearing an end and that the Federal Reserve's interest-rate cuts will prevent a recession.”

(Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2001)

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One common myth is that the terms "bull market" and "bear market" are derived from the way those animals attack a foe, because bears attack by swiping their paws downward and bulls toss their horns upward. This may be a useful way to remember which is which, but it is not the true origin of the terms.

Long ago, "bear skin jobbers" were infamous for selling bear skins that they did not own; i.e., the bears had not yet
been caught. This term eventually was used to describe short sellers, speculators who sell shares that they do not own, hoping to buy them after a price drop and then deliver the shares to the owner. Obviously, these "bears" were hoping the market would go down.

Because bull and bear baiting (die Bärenhetze) were once popular sports, "bulls" came to be seen as the opposite of "bears." The bulls were those people who bought in the expectation that a stock price would rise, not fall.

Cartoonist Thomas Nast popularized the Bull and Bear as symbols for the market's movement. But perhaps the final word on bulls and bears is the old Wall Street advice: Bulls make money, bears make money, pigs get eaten.

from The Motley Fool .com

By the way, the opposite of bullish is bearish    

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