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Bernanke: No specific target for bond purchases

(AP) WASHINGTON - Chairman Ben Bernanke says the Federal Reserve does not have a specific economic target for its new stimulus program and will keep buying bonds until it sees more jobs, lower unemployment and stronger growth.

"We are looking for on-going sustained improvement in the labor market," Bernanke said during a news conference Thursday after the Fed announced a series of bold stimulus to get the economy moving. "There's not a specific number in mind. But what we've seen in the last six months isn't it."

The Fed said Thursday that it will spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds for as long as it deems necessary. It plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows through mid-2015. And it's ready to try other measures if hiring doesn't improve.

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