Markets bounce on hopes for US


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The Independent Online

Europe's stock markets bounced higher yesterday as investors were encouraged by the views expressed on Friday by Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve.

Although Mr Bernanke disappointed some investors by failing to announce a new round of quantitative easing, a monetary policy option used to stimulate the economy, his insistence that the Fed was ready to intervene if necessary was welcomed.

In France, leading stocks rose by 2.2 per cent, while German equities were up 2.4 per cent. Spain, Italy and Portugal all saw similar gains, while shares in Greece rose 14 per cent on hopes that eurozone leaders would heed calls to move more speedily to ratify plans for a second bail-out of the indebted country.