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US bull market, 2nd longest since WWII, turns 9

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The market turned nine today, extending a run that began in the depths of the Great Recession.

On March 9, 2009, the hit a cycle low of 676.53, and has more than quadrupled since that date, according to at S&P Global, helped by historically low interest rates and improving corporate profits.

The has had several corrections since March 2009, which is when an index like the falls 10 per cent or more from a recent high, most recently in February. But the has not fallen 20 per cent or more from a recent high, which is when a market becomes a "bear" market.

The would have to fall roughly 600 points from its current level in order to enter a bear market.

If the current market lasts until August 21, it will be the longest bull market since World War II, exceeding the bull market that started October 1990 and lasted until March 2000.

During that time the S&P 500 rose more than 400 percent. The third-longest bull market came in the post-WWII boom years, between 1949 and 1956.

While there are several risks to this current bull market, including the possibility of higher inflation and a trade war caused by Donald Trump's tariffs on aluminum and steel, most investors believe the current market isn't at risk of falling into a bear market any time soon.

Companies are benefiting from the passed by and the overall US is growing and unemployment is at record lows.

So far, it's a happy occasion for the bulls. Just before 11 am today, the S&P 500 was up 30 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,769, after the government said U.S. employers added 313,000 jobs in February, the most since July 2016.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 22:35 IST