someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity
sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell
The leading sheep of a flock, having a bell hung round its neck.
Anything that indicates future trends.
A stock or bond that is widely believed to be an indicator of the overall market's condition.
Origin: From belwether, belleweder, equivalent to .
a wether, or sheep, which leads the flock, with a bell on his neck
hence: A leader
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 castrated ram leading his flock of sheep. The movements of the flock could be noted by hearing the bell before the flock was in sight.
The numerical value of bellwether in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of bellwether in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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The economy is the bellwether of how much age discrimination we see.
These are kind of bellwether cases that people are watching, if Texas and North Carolina are successful here, then I suspect other states will follow suit.
Oil is serving as a bellwether for the global economy and could be a sign of things to come, today's trading action will be tied to oil and could be erratic and choppy.
Within oilfield services it's best to hold the bellwether stocks as they will be taking market share, they're able to buy attractive assets at a discounted price and come out of the cycle in a much stronger position.
I, quite frankly, don't know enough about the cases that were in the pool of candidates, it may very well be that given the many variables involved, this case was a perfectly rational choice to be the first bellwether selection.
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