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It took 100 trading days for stocks to gain 50 per cent, which is the biggest 100-day gain in 87 years, according to Bespoke Investment. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPA

When all hell was breaking loose last March, did anyone think the S&P 500 was about to soar 50 per cent and be back at all-time highs by August? (...)

Apple: huge stock price gains recorded this year. Photograph:  Josh Edelson / AFP via Getty Images

Last January, no one predicted a global pandemic was about to clobber the world economy but that stock markets would gain anyway. Nevertheless, h(...)

The S&P 500 has enjoyed quarterly gains of at least 15% on only eight occasions since the second World War. File photograph: Getty

The S&P 500 fell 20 per cent in the first quarter, one of the worst quarterly performances in history. It rose by the same amount in the second qu(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP

The recent market strength has been something to behold. Last week, an astonishing 97 per cent of S&P 500 stocks were trading above their 50-day m(...)

Medical workers check traders wearing masks as they arrive before the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in Wall Street last month. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The recent market strength has been something to behold. Last week, an astonishing 97 per cent of S&P 500 stocks were trading above their 50-day m(...)

The S&P 500 is now down less than 6%  in 2020, and has clawed back most of its losses. Photograph: Getty Images

Stock markets keep defying the doubters, with the S&P 500 last week crossing 3,000 for the first time since March and breaking above its 200-day m(...)

The masked bronze sculpture of the Fearless Girl by Kristen Visbal, in front of the NYSE on May 15th. Photograph:  Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty

After bottoming in mid-March, the S&P 500 advanced more than 30 per cent in the 40 trading days that followed – the second-best 40-day performance(...)

 Stocks have never closed the year higher after being down by more than 30%. Photograph: Getty Images

Just weeks after plunging into the fastest bear market in history, strategists are now asking: could the S&P 500 actually close higher in 2020? Th(...)

Traders work through the closing minutes of trading on the New York Stock Exchange floor on Tuesday. Photograph:  Scott Heins/Getty Images

Corrections typically generate hyperbole aplenty, with headline writers petrifying their readers by stressing how stocks have just suffered one of the(...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on January 27th in New York City, US. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Stocks have tumbled recently on account of the coronavirus outbreak – or have they? Last week, stocks tanked on Monday, with the S&P 500 enduring(...)

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