The Dow has not closed higher for three consecutive days the whole month. It has a chance to break this series on Friday.
By noon, the Dow had risen by 100 points. The S & P 500 rose 0.4% and the Nasdaq 0.4%. They had all acted lower earlier in the day.
In a quiet week of news, market analysts say that extreme volatility was fueled by low trading volumes and technical limits, driving the feeling of fear quickly to greed and back again.
"As the market continues to be worried about a recession, the impact of a trade war with China, and unpredictable and adverse political decisions from the White House, we will continue to experience volatility," said Chris Zaccarelli. Chief Investment Officer at Independent Advisor Alliance.
"The harsh market has shaken investors' psyche," said Scott Wren, Wells Fargo's senior global equity strategist, in a statement to clients. "This year quickly developed from our expectation that the S & P 500 did not meet expectations in the space of a few weeks."