The Week: Trading By the Numbers
4. Doll, As In "Dollar"
BlackRock's Bob Doll was more convinced than ever about his proclamation that things hit bottom a few weeks ago.
"We think we've passed the low -- this was March 17 -- and we will work our way higher in this bottoming process," he told CNBC.
Doll recommended a bunch of big-cap technology stocks: IBM, Hewlett Packard, Oracle and Microsoft .
5. Which Way Is Up?
On Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrialstraded briefly above 12,900 for the first time since early January.
But there was still an over-supply of bad news as well.
The real estate industry reported that sales of existing homes declined in March, and the Commerce Department followed that with an even worse reading in sales of new homes, as inventories reached their highest level in 27 years. (Greenwich mansions see foreclosures).
Finally, on Friday, Angel Gurria, the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, pronounced the global financial system "paralyzed," and said it will take some time to get back to normal.
Whatever that is.