Courtesy of Doug Short : The S&P 500 opened lower and fell to its intraday low, off 0.97%, shortly after 10 AM. That was when Speaker of the House John Boehner triggered a rally with another of his vague expressions of optimism about bulldozing the Fiscal Cliff. In separate remarks President Obama spoke of a deal within the next four weeks. The market responded with a pair of bounces. The index closed the day near its intraday high with a gain of 0.79%.
Here is a five-minute look at today’s action.
Here is a two-hour chart with highlights for the post-election slide, the first Boehner Bounce on November 16th and perhaps the beginnings of another optimism-driven bounce.
The S&P 500 is now up 12.11% for 2012 but 3.81% below the interim closing high of September 14th.
From a longer-term perspective, the index is 108.4% above the March 2009 closing low and 9.9% below the nominal all-time high of October 2007.
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.
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