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Current Market Snapshot

Current Market Snapshot 

Courtesy of Doug Short 

The S&P 500 closed up 0.18%. The year-to-date performance is 5.84%, but the correction since the interim high on April 23 is -3.04%. The index is 74.5% above the March 9 2009 closing low but 24.6% below the peak in October 2007.

Here is a StockCharts.com candlestick chart showing the relationship of the S&P 500 to its 50- and 200-day simple moving averages.

For a better sense of how these declines figure into a larger historical context, here’s a long-term view of secular bull and bear markets in the S&P Composite since 1871.

For a bit of international flavor, here’s a chart series that includes an overlay of the S&P 500, the Dow Crash of 1929 and Great Depression, and the so-called L-shaped "recovery" of the Nikkei 225. I update these weekly.

These charts are not intended as a forecast but rather as a way to study the current market in relation to historic market cycles.

 


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