The longest bull market for the S&P 500 since 1950 lasted 9 ½ years (actually 2,388 trading days). The current bull market (which began on 3/09/09) has lasted 1,375 trading days (through Friday 8/22/14), or 1,013 trading days short of the longest bull since 1950. During the final 1,013 trading days of its 9 ½ year bull run, the S&P 500 gained +135% , i.e., change of the raw index not including the impact of reinvested dividends. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research).
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