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Flat open on Wall Street as budget talks loom

FILE - In this Nov. 15 2012 file photraders work floor New York Stock Exchange New York. World stock markets

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2012, file photo, traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets meandered Tuesday, Dec. 4, as traders weighed a surprise drop in U.S. factory production against hopes that the U.S. will avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

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Updated: December 4, 2012 8:52AM

NEW YORK — Stocks are mixed in early trading on Wall Street as budget talks continue in Washington.

Discount retailer Big Lots soared 8 percent after beating analysts’ earnings forecasts and raising its estimate for full-year earnings.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 13 points at 12,978 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up a fraction at 1,409 and the Nasdaq composite index fell two points to 2,999.

Pep Boys fell 9 percent after posting a loss on weak sales at the company’s auto stores and rising costs.

In Washington, talks are proceeding on how to avoid a fiscal crunch of higher taxes and government spending cuts set to automatically kick in at the beginning of the year.

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