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US43NEW YORK: US stocks shrugged off a second day of market gains around the world Friday, trading mixed in early deals amid signs that fiscal cliff negotiations are going nowhere.


Twenty minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up a bare 2.45 points (0.02 percent) at 13,024.27.


The S&P 500 slipped 1.30 (0.09 percent) to 1,414.65, while the Nasdaq Composite lost 4.16 (0.14 percent) at 3,007.87.


Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012

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