After a week that started with a broad-based equities free fall -- only to be interrupted by massive gains and then equally gigantic losses in successive trading days -- ended on an upbeat note with the Dow Jones Industrial average adding 125 points, or 1.1%, to close at 11,269.02.

The Nasdaq and S&P 500 followed suit, gaining a modest 15 points and 6 points, respectively.

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