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Markets Down Slightly At Opening

Wall Street is down but only slightly at the opening, as the markets absorb worse-than-expected jobless claims numbers and declining retails sales, save for one exception -- Wal-Mart.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is down about 45 points, or less than half of 1 percent.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq are both down less than 1 percent.

Wal-Mart's January sales beat Wall Street estimates.

At 10 a.m., the Senate Banking committee calls the bailout accountability-watchers before it to ask them if the $700 billion relief program is working right. Check back here for updates; The Ticker will be watching the hearing.

Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  February 5, 2009; 9:49 AM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Dow Jones, nasdaq, s&p 500, unemployment  
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