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Previous bull markets

Updated: March 5, 2013 6:40PM



Ever since the Roaring ‘20s and the crash that followed, 16 bull markets have come and gone. The longest lasted nearly 10 years; the shortest seven months. At 4 years and counting, the duration of the current one is right in line with the historical average.

Here’s a rundown of previous bull markets, as calculated by S&P Capital IQ:

Start End Beginning S&P Ending S&P Pct Gain Duration

Aug. 1921 Sep. 1929 6.45 31.92 395 8 years, 1 month

June 1932 July 1933 4.40 12.20 177 1 year, 2 months

Mar. 1935 Mar. 1937 8.06 18.68 132 2 years

Mar. 1938 Nov. 1938 8.50 13.79 62 7 months

Apr. 1942 May 1946 7.47 19.25 158 4 years, 1 month

May 1947 June 1948 13.71 17.06 24 1 year, 1 month

June 1949 Aug. 1956 13.55 49.74 267 7 years, 2 months

Oct. 1957 Dec. 1961 38.98 72.64 86 4 years, 2 months

June 1962 Feb. 1966 52.32 94.06 80 3 years, 7 months

Oct. 1966 Nov. 1968 73.20 108.37 48 2 years, 2 months

May 1970 Jan. 1973 69.29 120.24 74 2 years, 8 months

Oct. 1974 Nov. 1980 62.28 140.52 126 6 years, 2 months

Aug. 1982 Aug. 1987 102.42 336.77 229 5 years

Dec. 1987 July 1990 223.92 368.95 65 2 years, 7 months

Oct. 1990 Mar. 2000 295.46 1,527.46 417 9 years, 5 months

Oct. 2002 Oct. 2007 776.76 1,565.15 101 5 years

Mar. 2009 (continuing) 676.53 1,539 127 4 years



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