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This Is How Bull Markets Always Are A Surprise

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The list of good news for investors grew longer on Thursday, further defying two highly reliable recession signals. Positive fundamental factors outnumber signs of weakness, amid skepticism about the future. This is how bull markets always surprise investors.

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The service sector of the economy surged 3.6 percentage points in June, the Institute for Supply Management reported. The service sector accounts for nearly 90% of U.S. economic growth. In addition, the number of job openings declined from 10.1 to 9.8 million, as the booming labor market cooled slightly from red-hot but remained strong.

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The good news Thursday came amid a 14-month collapse of the U.S. Leading Economic Indicators index and an inversion of the yield curve that began in December 2022. These two normally reliable warning signals of a recession have been signaling a slowdown is imminent for many months. However, the data for months has been positive. Anomalies in the economy since the pandemic have made historically reliable indicators less reliable.

A new bull market began in June, when the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index rose by more than 20% from its bear-market low of October 12, 2022. Consumer sentiment never recovered fully after the pandemic and remains far below the historical norm, even as the economy keeps strengthening in defiance of expectations. That’s why bull markets always surprise investors.

While skepticism is widespread, planning now for the next cycle of expansion is wise.

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