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.
Nearly 1.4 billion shares and over $16 billion traded yesterday in CNBC's Million Dollar Portfolio Challenge. Check out the bets being made today...
There are 42 instances where there was negative performance for the Dow during the first half of the year (Q1 + Q2) back to 1900.
Investors are celebrating the second strongest bull run since World War II.
Demand for small-cap stocks is increasing relative to established large-cap names.
With stocks up, short interest reached the highest level in 20 months, but some investors see the trend as a bullish sign.
Since the S&P 500 closed at a 3½-month low of 1,741.89 on Feb. 3, 2014, the index is now up 6 percent.