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Stock rally evaporates after Bernanke testimony

Trader Edward McCarthy works floor New York Stock Exchange Thursday June 7 2012. Stocks are opening higher Wall Street Thursday

Trader Edward McCarthy works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, June 7, 2012. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Thursday after China cut its benchmark lending rate in another bid to boost its slowing economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Updated: June 7, 2012 3:23PM

A rally in stocks on Wall Street mostly evaporated after investors didn’t hear what they wanted to hear from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 46 points Thursday at 12,461. The Dow had been up as much as 140 but lost ground after Bernanke gave no sign the Fed would help the economy in the immediate future despite signs of a slowdown.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed down less than one point at 1,315, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 14 points to 2,831.

Earlier, stocks rose after China cut its benchmark lending rate for the first time in nearly four years.

Losing stocks slightly outpaced gainers in the United States. Volume was about average at 4 billion shares.

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