Here’s why stocks don’t seem as if they’re in a bull market

Flashback: On Dec. 24, when the S&P 500 Index traded around 2,350 points, it “officially” entered a bear market … at least according to these headlines:

CNBC: We are now in a bear market.

Yahoo! Finance: S&P 500 enters a bear market.

Investors Business Daily: S&P 500 in bear market.

Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it? But the S&P 500 SPX, +0.36% was down 20%, and according to a common definition, that marks a new bear market.

Since the December low, the S&P 500 has gained as much as 21.9%. Does that mean the bear market is over? Has a new bull market started?

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