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Stocks rise at opening following overseas gains

Stocks rose at opening this morning, following overseas gains.

In the first 20 minutes of trading, the Dow is up four-tenths of 1 percent.

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

In other news this morning, the Senate takes its whack at Toyota and government transportation officials at a commerce committee hearing that kicks off at 10 a.m. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Toyota North America President Yoshimi Inaba are scheduled to testify.

The Transportation Department said this morning that 52 fatalities have been connected to Toyota's runaway acceleration problem.

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By Frank Ahrens  |  March 2, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: Dow Jones, Ray LaHood, Yoshimi Inaba, nasdaq, s&p 500, toyota  
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