Updated from 3:25 p.m. EST

Been a Long Time

(At 6:03 p.m. EST)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose Wednesday. Just savor that for a moment.

Seems like all we ever get these days is down or down a great deal, but for one session at least, the industrials proved they don't go in only one direction. The index advanced 149.82 points, or 2.2%, to 6875.84 and ended a streak of five consecutive losses.

While it wasn't perfect, it was good enough. I don't want to dwell too much on the negatives, so I'll get them out of the way now and with only what's necessary.

The Dow finished well below its session high at 6979.22, including losing 101 points in the final half hour of trading. A mere five stocks fell, but sadly they were all of the financial variety -- American Express ( AXP), Citigroup ( C), Bank of America ( BAC), JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) and yes, General Electric ( GE).

Since I wouldn't want to be accused of focusing solely on what went wrong, I'll note that GE bounced from its lowest point since 1991 to close down 32 cents at $6.69. That was the worst reading since 1992, but in fairness it was an improvement. Things could have been uglier until investors took some comfort in the company's comments that it doesn't plan to raise new capital.

Now here's what went right, and a lot did. Alcoa ( AA), Caterpillar ( CAT) and GM ( GM) were the stars of the day, registering double-digit percentage increases.

Pfizer ( PFE) was up 5.3%, while Intel ( INTC) and 3M ( MMM) were better by 3.9% each.

All's well now? Let's be reasonable. Though we can certainly be grateful that we saw more green than red for a change.

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