Topic: Ben Bernanke

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  • Stocks edge higher, helped by gold miners

    Stocks overcame some disappointing quarterly performances Monday with gold and copper prices boosting mining companies. That helped nudge stocks to another all-time high.

  • Stocks up on reassurance from Bernanke

    Stocks edged up Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that the U.S. central bank had no firm timetable for cutting back on its bond purchases. Higher earnings for several major companies also helped stocks.

  • Federal Reserve chief tells Congress: You're making weak economy worse

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke tells Congress that its tax hikes and spending cuts are creating 'strong headwinds' for economic recovery and could be costing 750,000 new jobs.

  • Stocks extend hot start to July

    Stocks edged higher on Wall Street Monday on a surge in Boeing, after it was found that batteries were not the cause of a fire on one of its 787 aircraft at London's Heathrow airport last week. The gains continue a hot streak for stocks in July. 

  • Bernanke comments spur markets to record highs

    A day after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced his commitment to maintaining a relaxed monetary policy, markets responded positively. 

  • Stocks surge as Bernanke calms stimulus worry

    Stocks rose Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank will keep supporting the economy. Stocks that benefit most from a continuation of low interest rates, such as homebuilders, notched some of the biggest gains.

  • Bernanke speaks, markets jump (both up and down). Are Fed's signals working? (+video)

    On Thursday, the latest words from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke pushed stocks up. Last month, he had the opposite effect. The aim is transparency, but some critics prefer the bygone days of the inscrutable Fed.

  • Mortgage rates climb to two-year high

    Mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage climbed to 4.51 percent this week, hitting a two-year high. Mortgage rates have been rising on expectations that the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases this year.

  • Ben Bernanke calms markets, eases fears of early Fed taper

    Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke at an economic conference near Boston Wednesday, saying the Fed will continue to pour stimulus into the US economy — at least until unemployment and inflation improve.

  • Stocks little changed on Federal Reserve minutes

    Stocks barely reacted to the release of Federal Reserve minutes Wednesday. Major stocks were down just a fraction of a percent more than an hour after the Federal Reserve released a report on its latest policy meeting in June.