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Despite obstacles, the bull turns 5

The US stock market has a five-year bull run.

what you could’ve won:

starting its advance in March the SP 500 has handed investors a total including re-invested dividends, of 209 per If you’d played it safe and in bonds, your total would be 28 per cent over the period, according to the Barclays US index, which tracks the debt market. If you’d it even safer and invested in government debt, certificates of and other short-term debt your return would be smaller.

Fidelity’s money market which makes such returned 4.1 per cent over the period.

BEST PERFORMERS

The stocks in the SP 500 index during the bull market are a drugmaker, a company and a broadcaster. Regeneron which is developing an experimental drug, has climbed from in March 2009 to $US328.11 on That’s a cumulative return of per cent, making it the best-performing since the start of the rally.

Worldwide, a hotel and lodging that owns the Ramada and Inn, has soared from to $US75.70 as demand for hotels The company has also raised its

THE LAGGARDS

Among stocks in the SP 500 index since the start of the market, the worst performers are a panel maker, a mining and a supplier of wholesale electric

First Solar’s shares are from $US108.36 to $US56.11, a of 48 per cent. The company has struggled to to sharply lower panel Newmont Mining has dropped $US37.79 to $US24.60, hurt by gold and copper prices.

the largest US supplier of wholesale power, has dropped from to $US29.82 as electricity prices fallen.

THE ECONOMY

When the market hit rock bottom, the was struggling, too. Jobs harder to find five ago and the US had yet to emerge from the Great Economic growth has since but the recovery remains slow.

When the bull market in March 2009 the unemployment was 8.7 per cent. It rose to 10 per cent in that year, its highest in 26 years. It has since fallen, and was 6.7 per in February.

COMPANY PROFITS

SP 500 earned an average of $US60.81 per in 2009. Those earnings are to almost double to $US118.16 by the end of year, according to SP Capital IQ Corporate profits have as companies have cut costs and has revived.

NEW FACES

Twitter shares now in the stock market, following its public offering in November. had a $US16 billion IPO in May of 2012 and a member of the SP 500 in December.

RETURN OF THE

Like the stock market, have also staged a

In 2009, the number of billionaires in the shrank by 30 per cent to 793, an aggregate wealth of $US2.4 ($A2.66 billion), according to The latest list of billionaires last week shows their ranks have than doubled to 1,645, a combined wealth of $US6.4 The rebounding stock market has boost those numbers.

CAR COMEBACK


The American car industry has back. Crushed by unsustainable and sliding sales, General filed for bankruptcy on June 1, and got government funding to help it Since then, it has ditched its Saturn, Hummer and Saab The car manufacturer returned to the stock in November 2010.

Its stock at $US37.69 on Friday, and is up 35 per cent in the year. Chrysler also for bankruptcy and has been acquired by car maker Fiat. The only big US car to avoid bankruptcy was Ford.

Its stock has surged from in March 2009 to $US15.62 as of — a gain of 800 per cent.

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