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New York - Wall Street stocks were little changed early on Tuesday following better-than-expected earnings from retail giants Wal-Mart and Home Depot and US data showing somewhat higher inflation.

About 45 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 17 480.48, down 2.53 points (0.01%).

The broad-based S&P 500 was essentially flat at 2 053.20, up 0.01 of a point, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index advanced 1.27 (0.03%) to 4 985.89.

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