Best stocks to buy for the week ending Feb. 7, 2010: A robust two-day rally late last week helped the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index post their best week of the year, with gains of 0.6% and 0.8% respectively.
Despite the solid showing, the 30-stock index remains down 4.72% year to date. The S&P 500 is off 2.78% since the start of the year. And the Nasdaq, which rose 0.54% last week, is lower by 1.21% so far in 2014.
Indeed, this year has been marked by volatility, with the Dow swinging up or down at least 100 points in intraday trading on 25 out of 26 days since the start of the year.