Was That A Bear Market And Is It Over?

Maybe. It’s possible.

Since 1970, the S&P 500 has on average made a new all-time high every 38 days. It’s now been 252 days since this has happened (price only, not dividend adjusted).

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And since the S&P 500 last made a new all-time high, many areas of the market have been put through the ringer.

Below is a table showing some of the pain that was inflicted upon different sectors and geographies. The S&P 500- at -15.3% might not have fit the “definition” of a bear market,  but don’t tell that to the average stock, which fell 34% from its 52-week high.

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Entertaining as it may be, it’s mostly a waste of time trying to label what type of environment we’re in, because much of the time, like today, we’re in neither a bull nor bear market. As Josh Brown once said, “most of the time things are not bottoming or topping,  they are middle-ing.”

*96 stocks made new lows on August 24th, many of which were flash-crashy prices