5 ways to know if the bull is over

Before it keels over, a bull market typically leaves a few road signs. Here's what to keep an eye on - from Money Magazine.

Number of rising stocks
Number of rising stocks
Before a bear: The number of rising stocks starts to shrink
Happened yet? Has it ever

Before the market crashed in 2000, something fundamental changed. Though the overall indexes (like the Dow and the S&P 500) kept going up, those rises were being fueled by only a handful of companies, mostly Internet-related ones.

The lesson: Sizable increases in just a few stocks can mask what's going on in the broader market and signal that a bull is nearing a top, says Larry Haverty, a portfolio manager with Gamco Investors, an institutional investment firm. So keep an eye on market breadth - that is, how many stocks are rising compared with how many are falling.

If more stocks on the New York Stock Exchange are hitting new 52-week lows than new 52-week highs, that's a bad sign.

In mid-July nearly twice as many stocks were hitting new highs as new lows - a comforting sign - but by month's end this stat had turned downright ugly.

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