How Your $1,000 Could've Become $102,480: S&P Bull Market Charts

  • Best week was 7-year run's first, the worst year was last
  • Consumer discretionary did six times better than energy

Why Is There No Love for This Bull Market?

The advance in U.S. stocks that began more than seven years ago is now the second-longest bull market on record. Here’s a look at the advance by the numbers, using the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index as a reference.

2,608 -- The rally’s duration, in days. It surpasses the one that ended in 1956.

207 percent -- The index’s return. Gains in the Obama bull market rank fifth in rallies dating back to 1929. The biggest happened during the Internet bubble of 1990-2000, when the S&P 500 surged 417 percent.

$15 trillion -- The total value added to U.S. shares since March 2009, roughly equal to the the European Union’s gross domestic product.

7.1 percent -- The largest single-day rally, March 23, 2009. The gain capped a 10-day stretch that saw the index add 22 percent. Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. both soared at least 19 percent as the U.S. Treasury said it would finance as much as $1 trillion in purchases of distressed assets.

6.7 percent -- The biggest one-day drop, on Aug. 8, 2011, amid concern that a downgrade of the nation’s credit rating by S&P would worsen an economic slowdown. It was the 31st worst decline since 1929.

11 percent -- The S&P 500’s biggest one-month advance, in October 2011. It was the most since 1991, spurred largely by Europe’s expansion of its bank bailout.

8.2 percent -- Largest one-month decline, in May 2010. Declines followed a downgrade of Spain’s debt that spurred concern the European credit crisis would worsen.

$41 billion -- Biggest monthly flows into mutual and exchange-traded funds. It happened in July 2013.

108 -- Number of record highs in the S&P 500 since the rally started. The closing level of 2,130.82 on May 21, 2015, remains the all-time high for the gauge.

49.68 -- The highest closing level in the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, which came on the bull market’s first day in March 2009. The VIX has averaged 19.47 since then and hit a low of 10.32 on July 3, 2014, when the S&P 500 hit a then-record 1,985.44.

19.3 billion -- The highest single-day share volume on U.S. exchanges. It happened on May 6, 2010, during an event that later became known as the “flash crash” because of wild swings in equities that saw the S&P 500 slump as much as 8.6 percent.

8 -- The longest streak of weekly advances for the S&P 500, ending in November 2013. It saw the benchmark add almost 7 percent. There were also two monthly runs that reached seven.

398 percent -- The bull-market return in consumer discretionary stocks in the S&P 500, the best of any industry. Shares of energy companies have been the worst-performing of the 10 groups, with an advance of 62 percent.

10.99 -- The S&P 500’s lowest valuation versus earnings, recorded on the first day, March 9, 2009. Nine months later, as gains in stocks blew past profits, the market topped out at a multiple of 26.27. The average P/E has been 16.77. It was 19.1 on Thursday.

$102,480 -- What you would have if you purchased $1,000 worth of General Growth Properties Inc. on March 9, 2009, when it traded at 28 cents a share, and then sold it Thursday. If only.