Federal Reserve chief Ben S. Bernanke sketched a hopeful outlook in two hours of testimony to a congressional panel Thursday, offering no sign that the Fed is preparing imminent action to aid the nation's economy. (Associated Press)

Federal Reserve chief Ben S. Bernanke sketched a hopeful outlook in two hours of testimony to a congressional panel Thursday, offering no sign that the Fed is preparing imminent action to aid the nation's economy. (Associated Press)