Major indices at highs for year on dollar weakness, strong retail sales.
Stocks were modestly on the upside until about noon ET, when Ben Bernanke said that the recession was "very likely" over.
On that, the dollar dropped to new lows for the year (the dollar is a safe haven play, so Bernanke's comments caused those players to abandon the dollar), and the groups that would benefit from a weak dollar--multinational commodity and industrial companies--all rallied.
New 52 week highs for techs: Ciena , Google , EBay, and Apple.
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