Doug Short has an interesting web site that tracks the current bear market versus others in the past. As he states (and can be seen in the chart below), "The S&P 500 has risen well above its low of March 9th. Is this a bona fide bull market or just another bear rally? We continue to be fascinated with the saga of the Four Bad Bears. In nominal terms, the latest rally puts the S&P 500 just slightly higher than Dow Crash of 1929 over the equivalent time frame."