Global Markets Update: Europe Rallies Near the U.S. Open

11:28 AM ET Thu, 2 Feb 2012

Markets in Europe rally near the U.S. open, mostly on comments from the German finance minister. He also says there will be no more public aid for Greece. Bernanke testifies in front of the House Budget Committee, says inflation is expected to remain below the 2 percent target for the next few years. Europe has monetary union and fiscal disunion, he adds. The U.S. needs to manage fiscal issues, says Bernanke, to keep investor confidence. And it must address health care costs if it's going to develop a long-term debt solution.