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Stocks are little changed ahead of vote on Syria

September 4, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mixed in early trading as the White House presses its case for military action in Syria.

A Senate committee could vote on authorizing the use of force as early as Wednesday.

The Dow Jones industrial average edged up six points to 14,815 points in the first few minutes of trading.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up a fraction of a point at 1,641. The Nasdaq composite was up five points, or 0.1 percent, at 3,617.

Dollar General rose $1.61, or 3 percent, to $55.53 after the discount store operator reported a 15 percent increase in second-quarter income.

H&R Block fell 88 cents, or 3 percent, to $27 after the tax preparer reported a wider loss because of higher costs.

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