Topic: Ben Bernanke

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  • Stocks rise for fourth straight day

    Stocks edged higher Tuesday as investors bought companies that fare best when the economic outlook is bright. Gains in stocks were led by riskier parts of the market.

  • Stocks up as corporate earnings kick off

    Stocks rose on Wall Street Monday as investors showed some optimism about the start of second-quarter corporate earnings. 

  • Focus Whatever happened to the great 'sequester' smackdown?

    Signs of any economic duress from the 'sequester' are few and far between four months in. But the $85 billion in federal spending cuts slated for this fiscal year are likely to be felt as summer deepens.

  • Stocks rise for second day straight

    Stocks closed up on Wall Street Wednesday, despite a slowdown in the US economy. Stocks have been unpredictable for weeks, ever since Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke started hinting that a pullback in Fed stimulus programs would start soon.

  • US economic growth revised down: Will Fed keep foot on accelerator?

    Investors welcomed news that the US economy grew in the first quarter at an annual pace of only 1.8 percent, well below last month's estimate of 2.4 percent, because it may encourage the Fed to persist longer in its stimulus policy.

  • Stocks rise on good economic news

    Stocks closed up on Wall Street Tuesday as investors took good news about the US economy in stride. It comes after investors have sold stocks in recent weeks on fears the Federal Reserve would pull back on its economic stimulus too quickly. 

  • The New Economy Tapering? Maybe later, says Fed.

    Fed chief Bernanke spooks the markets with comments that Fed's bond-buying could slow later this year. Dow drops, housing and jobless claims rise – this week in the economy.  

  • Stocks regain ground after biggest drop of the year

    Stocks finished the week with an advance Friday after a two-day plunge, suggesting that perhaps Wall Street will be successfully weaned from the Federal Reserve's easy money after all. That money has helped push stocks upward over the past four years.

  • Mortgage rates edge down after seven-week rise

    Mortgage rates for a 30-year loan remain below 4 percent for now. But mortgage rates are expected to rise in response to Fed's intention to reduce bond purchases later this year.

  • Stocks in tailspin as China adds to Federal Reserve worries

    Stocks plunged Thursday continuing the flight from stocks and bonds as traders reacted to news that the Federal Reserve could end its massive bond-buying program. A slowdown in Chinese manufacturing added to Wall Street's worries.