Bank stocks and the broader markets rose Friday on positive comments about the economy by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

The KBW Bank Index rose 2.59%, ending the week up 2.84%. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 1.67%, and the Standard & Poor's 500 index 1.86%.

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