Gina Francolla is the Senior Producer of Quantitative & Market Data Services at CNBC.
Friday was a day of superlatives for the financial markets with stocks, oil and bonds all posting significant negative milestones.
Despite a tepid performance in November, the stock market is once again trading within striking distance of its all-time high reached in May.
A group of under-the-radar stocks could rally in the week before Black Friday, if history is any guide.
Investors hungry for yield have latched on to "the Dogs of the Dow" strategy, which pays off more often than not.
U.S. stocks are on track for eight quarters of consecutive gains—the longest winning streak in 16 years.
Three sectors have managed gains of more than 20 percent in 2014, while two others are lagging badly.
The Dow Jones industrial average has historically taken an average of about 32 months to jump from one thousand-point mark to the next.