Some are comparing the current bear market to the brutal one we saw in the 1930’s, so here’s a chart comparing this rally (so far) to the bear market rallies back then:
Source: Chart of the Day
To be honest, I don’t really like the Dow Jones Index so I’ve plotted the point at which the current rally reached its maximum as measured by the Standard & Poors 500 Index in green - a 37.4% increase from the spring lows (reached on May 8th 2009). Since then, the stock market has just slithered sideways anyway.
Any way you measure it, either by the Dow or the S&P 500, the present rally has been stronger than most of the bear market rallies in the 1930’s. The outlier is the November 1929 rally which lasted 155 days and took the Dow 48% higher.
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