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Markets Slightly Up at Opening

Wall Street opened up slightly on a day without market-moving economic data.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is up about four-tenths of 1 percent.

The broader S&P 500 is up by about the same amount and the tech-heavy Nasdaq is up about one-quarter of 1 percent.

After three winning days to start the week, the markets closed down yesterday and will look to end the week on an up note.

The Dow is on pace for its best weekly gain since late July. All the major indexes are coming near their 2009 highs.

Year to date, the Dow is up nearly 12 percent, the runaway Nasdaq is up nearly 35 percent and the S&P 500 is up nearly 18 percent.

In some more encouraging news, Barclays lifted its forecast for GDP in the first quarter of 2010, saying it would hit 5 percent.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  September 18, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
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