The Dow just clinched its fastest bear-market recovery in 30 years

On Monday, the Dow finished firmly above its Feb. 12 closing high at 29, 551.41. At 193 trading days, it is the fastest bounceback from a fall of at least 20% from a recent peak — a widely accepted definition of a bear market — since April 17, 1991. That’s when the Dow took…

191 trading days to recover from a bear-market drop.

This recent run is a comparatively breakneck rebound for the blue-chip index, with the average recovery from a bear market to a fresh all-time high for the Dow, on average, spanning 1,483 trading days.

The prospective record for the Dow, however, comes weeks after its rival benchmarks have rebounded mightily and far more rapidly from their coronavirus-induced lows.

The S&P 500 traversed 126 trading days from its bear-market low before achieving a record high on Aug. 18, marking the fastest such rebound on record. Meanwhile, it took the Nasdaq Composite Index a mere 76 trading days on June 8 to carve out a fresh all-time closing high since putting in its bear market on March. That marked the tech-heavy index’s quickest rebound from a bear market since March 2009.

So far, the Dow has climbed 60.5% since its March 23 bear-market nadir, the S&P 500 index has gained nearly 62%, while the Nasdaq Composite has soared over 73% over the same period.

The rebound for the Dow, however, also comes as the benchmark is approaching a psychological milestone at 30,000, which may also confirm to bulls that the overall stock market is on a decided upswing.

The equity market’s moves to start the week were at least partly prompted by a report from Moderna which said its COVID-19 experimental vaccine cut COVID-19 infections by 94.5%. The company said…

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