US Stocks Get Lift from Bernanke Remarks

By Frank Yu
Frank Yu
Frank Yu
July 13, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015
STOCKS SOARED :Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee July 13 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
STOCKS SOARED :Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies during a hearing before the House Financial Services Committee July 13 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

NEW YORK—U.S. stocks soared on Wednesday, before shedding previous gains and ending the day in positive territory.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by triple digits earlier on Wednesday, after Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke suggested that the central bank would consider another round of monetary easing, dubbed Quantitative Easing 3 (QE3), to aid the U.S. economic recovery.

By close of trading Wednesday, the Dow was up 0.36 percent, or 44.7 points, to finish the day at 12,491.61. The S&P 500 Index gained 0.54 percent, or 15 points, and the Nasdaq Composite Index was 0.31 percent higher.

Less than an hour into the trading day Wednesday morning, stocks shot up after the Fed released Bernanke’s remarks on how the central bank plans to stimulate the U.S. economy. “The possibility remains that the recent weakness may prove more persistent than expected and that deflationary risks might re-emerge, implying additional policy support,” Bernanke told the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday.

Quantitative Easing 2 (QE2), which includes asset purchases, was completed near the end of June, and Bernanke suggested that a third round could be in the works, as the economy isn’t growing as quickly as the president and many economists had hoped.

The news, coupled with continued weakness in the European debt market, served to bid up the price of gold futures, which settled at a nominal all-time high Wednesday. Gold for August deliveries gained $23.20 per ounce, or 1.5 percent, to $1,585.50 on the Comex, which is part of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The U.S. dollar weakened against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after news of possible additional monetary easing by the Fed.

Frank Yu