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Stocks up following retail sales numbers, overseas gains

Stocks opened up this morning, following a better-than-expected November retail sales number released before the bell and news that Chinese exports are increasing, spurring hopes of a global recovery.

In the first 15 minutes of trading, the Dow is up one-third of 1 percent.

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

At 10 a.m., we'll see whether December consumer sentiment syncs up with this morning's November retail numbers. Forecasters are expecting consumer sentiment to tick upward.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  December 11, 2009; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Dow Jones, nasdaq, retail sales, s&p 500  
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