As far as a rookie investor goes, that investor confidence is returning in companies that make goods and services. If the confidence increases so will the market, if the confidence falls so will the market. Its all relative to whats happening in the world. Hey, we invest in them and they invest in us. The more people look at our market for a recovery the better our stock market will do. 10,619 just means we are 1/2 the way back from where we were at its high of 14,000 Oct 2007, and 6000 of its low in Dec 2007. You always have to ask yourself before investing, what is the trend doing, Is it hot or is it cooling off? Happy investing.