By Liz Moyer
Investing.com -- U.S. stocks rose as investors tried to shake off recession fears as Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell appeared for a second day of testimony on Capitol Hill.
Stocks closed Wednesday on a sour note after Powell told lawmakers in the Senate a recession was possible but that the central bank was “strongly committed” to taming inflation using interest rate hikes. He also said the economy was strong enough to endure multiple rate increases.
UBS joined Goldman Sachs and Citigroup in raising the odds of a recession at some point in the next year. The Swiss banking company put the odds at 69%.
Shares of home builder KB Home (NYSE: KBH ) rose more than 8% after it renewed its outlook for the year despite saying it sees the housing market moderating this year.
Shares of Occidental Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: OXY ) rose more than 1.6% after Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRKa ) disclosed it bought more than $500 million of shares to raise its stake to 16.3%.
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