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By The Numbers – August 13, 2018

  • NOT THE LONGEST…YET – The longest bull market for the S&P 500 since 1950 lasted 3,452 calendar days, i.e., the 9 ½ years from 10/11/90 to 3/24/00. The current bull market for the S&P 500 is 3,441 calendar days long as of Friday 8/10/18, i.e., the approximate 9 ½ years from 3/09/09 to last Friday 8/10/18. The current bull would have to last until 8/22/18 (i.e., just 9 days from today) to reach 3,453 calendar days. 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).                    
  • THE ART OF THE DEAL – The S&P 500 has gained +28.6% (total return) in the 392 trading days (approximately 19 months) since the 1/20/17 inauguration of President Donald Trump (source: BTN Research).   


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