Specialist Edward Zelles works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 358 points, also 2.1 percent, to 16,990. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

10 trending stories on plunging stocks: Correction or bear market?

Is the recent downward trend in the stock market a sign of a bear market, where it’s difficult to predict where it will bottom out? Or is it a correction?

More trending stories

According to Infopedia.com

“A bear market should not be confused with a correction, which is a short-term trend that has a duration of less than two months. While corrections are often a great place for a value investor to find an entry point, bear markets rarely provide great entry points, as timing the bottom is very difficult to do. Fighting back can be extremely dangerous because it is quite difficult for an investor to make stellar gains during a bear market unless he or she is a short seller.”

As we go into the weekend wondering what's coming next week, here are eight trending stories where concerned investors are getting their news and analysis:

  1. Stock market suffers worst one-day drop since 2008
  2. China fears hand Wall St. its worst day since 2011
  3. US stock market experiences biggest drop in four years
  4. The Stock Market Just Fell Off a Cliff
  5. Q&A: What a stock market 'correction' means to you
  6. Why the Market Meltdown Shouldn’t Scare You Off Stocks
  7. This Week’s Market Sell-Off May Not Be Such a Bad Thing
  8. America's favorite stocks in bear market territory
  9. Apple enters bear territory; tech stocks crushed
  10. The Stock Market Is Tumbling: 3 Actions to Take & 3 Stocks to Consider Buying

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