( At 6:10 p.m. EDT) So it wasn't much, but it was enough. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 3.91 points to 6930.40 Wednesday, the first time it has put together a two-session win streak in more than a month. Clearly, it wasn't a repeat of Tuesday's nearly 380-point run-up, but at least we didn't give back 290, so I'll take it and ask you to do the same. At the end of trading, half of the 30 components were up, and half were down. Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) made the biggest contribution to the uptick, accounting for 12.50 points on the plus side. Exxon Mobil ( XOM) was the biggest drag, deducting 12.90 points from the total. H-P was joined in climbing by fellow tech stocks Microsoft ( MSFT), IBM ( IBM) and Intel ( INTC). This was also nice to see -- banks were mostly higher again. Citigroup ( C) was the best percentage gainer on the Dow, up 6.2%. JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) and Bank of America ( BAC) finished ahead of where they started, too. American Express ( AXP), though, couldn't overcome a downgrade to sell, and it fell 2%. Alcoa ( AA) had the steepest decline, losing 5.9% to $5.76. You probably know that the Dow has continued falling this year, recording losses in both January and February. For March though, the industrials have trimmed their decrease to 1.9%. That's quite a turnaround in the past two days. At the end of Monday's session, the measure was lower by 7.3% for the month. Year-to-date, it's still down 21%. We know we're a long way from the glory days, more than 50% below the all-time high set in October 2007. Nothing wrong with small steps for now.