Just checked out a brokerage stock, AMTD, on http://www.stockcharts.com, a site I'm fond of because it allows you to individualize charts much more than most sites, the Fool included, do. Long story short, the technical indicators seem to indicate that this brokerage at least has entered into a medium-term uptrend. Which means that this bear market might actually be over now. Let's not forget that the stock market is a LEADING indicator, not a lagging one. [more]
Today, April 15, 2009, the S&P 500 index closed aove it's 100 day MA for the 7th time in the last 8 trading days. That hasn't happened since June of last year. That's not absolute proof that the stock market has bottomed out, but it provides some strong reason to hope.