While the S&P 500 traded near a two-month low in the morning today, stocks soared after minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee's last meeting spurred speculation interest rates will stay near zero.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq ended up slightly on Tuesday, breaking a three-day string of declines that marked their worst losses since 2011, while the Dow finished lower for a fourth session on lingering worries about global demand.
It's up 68 percent since the end of 2009, versus a 71 percent gain in the S&P 500. Not since the bursting of the dot-com bubble, when investors poured money into computer giants such as Cisco Systems Inc. and Microsoft Corp.
Thursday's 2% drop in the S&P 500 put the index at 1,928, down 4.5% from its September 19 high of 2,019. This is one of the more notable pullbacks we've seen in what has been a very low-volatile rally in the stock market.