Wall Street opens flat on "cliff" deadlock

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December 21, 2012 1:42 AM EST

Stocks opened little changed on Thursday amid uncertainty over fiscal talks as President Barack Obama threatened to veto a controversial Republican plan, suggesting a deal wouldn't come as soon as many investors had hoped.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> edged up 4.17 points, or 0.03 percent, at 13,256.14. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> added 1.36 points, or 0.09 percent, to 1,437.17. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> rose 5.17 points, or 0.17 percent, to 3,049.54.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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