Stocks continued to rise, making new 2009 highs boosted by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke who did not offer any timeline for a change to a less stimulative monetary policy. The S&P gained 1 percent to end just short of 1,100 at just under 1,098. Earnings after the close point to big gains tomorrow with both Apple and Texas Instruments easily beating expectations on both earnings and sales.
Low interest rates interest in the U.S. vs. expectations for rising rates in other economies continue to hurt the dollar. The dollar index fell 0.4 percent to 75.34. The decline in the dollar pushed commodities higher especially base metals where copper gained 10 cents to $2.93. Oil, ending at $79.25, continues to firm on what appears to be an approach to $80. Gold ended at just over $1.060.