As we saw on Friday, things sure could have been a lot worse. Despite flirting with positive territory during the day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average
In a departure from recent trends, today's trading session actually featured some redemptive storylines. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both closed in positive territory, with the Nasdaq increasing 0.5% and the S&P just barely eking out a minuscule gain of 0.01%. Such small gains probably seem wholly insignificant, but given the recent dearth of positivity in the market, well, investors should be thrilled with anything in the green. The market's "fear gauge," or the VIX
Despite these mild results, the market's quickly approaching a make-or-break month in Europe that could further the slide in global markets and even lead the Greek exit from the currency bloc, a storyline that originally flared almost two years ago.
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