Gina Francolla is the Senior Producer of Quantitative & Market Data Services at CNBC.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th. For the stock market, however, this 'unlucky' day tends to be relatively calm.
Ahead of the presidential election, CNBC created the CNBC Obama Index and the CNBC Romney Index featuring companies that could be viewed as winners or losers depending on the outcome of the race.
After rising to a new 4-year high last month, utilities are now the only large S&P sector trading in the red this year.
Earlier in the session, Big Lots shares were down as much as 21.8 percent, their worst intraday loss since Nov. 2008.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the fear of Friday the 13th, but investors should not be too frightened.
The latest jobs data show the economy added 203,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate hit a five-year low.
A strong sell bias continues among company insiders across the market, as stocks breach trough historic levels.
If history is an indication, the stock market could extend its rally into December.
Even with the sharp gains in stock prices this year, 70 percent of the Dow components still offer dividend yields greater than 2 percent.