Stocks jumped Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she would continue the central bank's market-friendly, low-interest rate policies. It's a positive shift for the stock market, which had its worst January since 2010 as concerns about growth in China and the US sent investors shifting from stocks to bonds.
It appears the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend will go on, despite the use of tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters there. Advertisers don't appear worried about any backlash.
The Copenhagen global climate change summit began Monday with new urgency for a deal, and eyes on China and the US.
A relative aversion to risk, and a propensity to preserve assets, can add stability in turbulent times.