The wait for a stimulus package continued, caught between those insisting that it be "done now" and those insisting that it be "done right."
Economic data continued to be dismal, capped by the Labor Department's report that joblessness rose to 7.6 percent in January.
With a few widely-separated exceptions, earnings were dreadful, even from such stalwarts as discount-retail giant Costco.
But Wall Street was cheered by the market's resistance to the bad news, and CNBC guests had a generous supply of recommendations for investors in stocks.
Courtney Reagan has some of their more prominent ideas, in this edition of "The Week and You:"