NEW YORK (AP) — Call it the Bernanke Boost. The stock market, which has been marching higher for a week, got extra fuel Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank will keep supporting the economy.
The Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 surged to all-time highs. And the yield on the 10-year Treasury note continued to decline as investors bought bonds. Stocks that benefit most from a continuation of low interest rates, such as homebuilders, notched some of the biggest gains. The chairman made the comments in a speech late Wednesday after U.S. markets had closed, saying the economy needs the Fed’s easy-money policy “for the foreseeable future.”