How Typical is the Current Rally in Terms of Age or Duration ?

Chart of the Day takes a broad — perhaps over broad– look at trading rallies. They found that major rallies (73%) result in a gains ranging from 30% to 150%. Typically, they last between 200 and 800 trading days.

Based on this data, you can conclude that the present rally is still young, and potentially has a long way to run.

That might be a premature assumption.

As we’ve discussed before, there are huge differences between cyclical and secular markets. I have been describing the current short sharp run as a cyclical bull within a longer, secular bear.

If we were to look at the duration and intensity of rallies between 1929-38 or 1966-82, or 2000-09, I suspect we would find they are both shorter, sharper. By definition, cyclical bulls are of smaller duration than secular bull markets.

Here’s your daily chart porn:

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Age and Duration of Rallies


Source: Chart of the Day

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