Stocks edge higher; earnings rise, Bernanke reassures there's no 'preset course' for Fed exit

  • Updated: July 17, 2013 - 3:10 PM

NEW YORK — Stocks are closing with slight gains after earnings gains from major U.S. companies and reassurance from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke that there was no "preset course" for ending the bank's massive bond-purchasing program.

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