Marc Briganti is a Market Data Analyst at CNBC.
On a week where oil topped $73 per barrel for the first time in 8 months before receding on Friday, treasury auctions moved the equity market, and GM and Citi were replaced in the Dow, the markets are flat to positive on the week, but the Dow manages to go positive year-to-date.
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There are 42 instances where there was negative performance for the Dow during the first half of the year (Q1 + Q2) back to 1900.
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.