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2.7%  Q1 GDP    4.57%  avg. 30-year mortgage     9.5%  Unemployment

Stocks open mixed

Stocks opened mixed this morning, pulled down by a rising dollar that makes commodities more expensive for overseas buyers.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is down one-tenth of 1 percent.

The broader S&P 500 is down a little more than one-tenth of 1 percent and the tech-heavy Nasdaq is flat.

In other news this morning, GMAC is days away from getting an additional $3.5 billion in taxpayer money, adding to the $12.5 billion the auto financing company has already received from the government, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

It's a light day for economic data. The Chicago PMI index, a survey of purchasing managers' relative optimism throughout the Midwest, came in at 60, up from 56 in November.

Tomorrow, last week's new jobless claims will be released.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  December 30, 2009; 9:51 AM ET
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