Answer Our Question of the Week: Is This a True Bull Market?

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Money Morning Contributing Writer Jon D. Markman has been saying it every week now: The bulls have it! Between the New York Stock Exchange continuously reaching new highs, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising up along its eight-day average (see chart), and a rebounding retail sector, there's reason to celebrate what appears to be a market recovery offering investors a profit.

Dow Jones Industrial Average
"You can't bury your head in the sand and ignore what's happening," said Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald. "If you did that, you've missed a 60%-plus rally in the [Standard & Poor's 500 Index] since early last March. You cannot fail to acknowledge what's happening" in the markets, even though top traders understand that cheap money from the government bailout – and not a well-rounded economic recovery – is mostly likely behind the torrid run-up in U.S. share prices.

The U.S. stock market has staged one of its most powerful rallies in history, zooming nearly 70% in the 12 months that followed the March 9, 2009 market low. U.S. stocks soared another 5% during the first three months of 2010 – its best first quarter in a dozen years. But where do we go from here?

That brings us to next week's Money Morning Question of the Week: Is this a true bull market? A year from now, are U.S. stocks – as measured by the Standard & Poor's 500 Index – trading higher, lower, or at the same level as they are today?

Send your answers to us at mailbag@moneymappress.com. We want to hear from you!

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