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 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.