NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks to Congress last week satisfied neither those who believe the economy can stand on its own nor those who want the central bank to continue playing a role in the markets. Stocks gained enough Thursday to make the Bernanke appearance an even draw. But behind the trading, Wall Street seemed to want to have its economic recovery cake while it eats more monetary easing, too. Bernanke delivered what historically had been known as his Humphrey Hawkins remarks to the Senate and indicated that the recent turn in data -- manufacturing, housing and employment to name three -- gave him confidence that the recovery, while uneven, was a bit better than he had anticipated.
By Jeff Cox, CNBC.com Senior Writer
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