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Wall Street Roundup: Inflation nation. Paying big dividends.

March 17, 2011 |  9:06 am

Gold: Trading now at $1,402 per ounce, up 0.4% from Wednesday. Dow Jones industrial average: Trading now at 11,749.56, up 1.2% from Wednesday.

Wall sign -- stan honda afp getty images Inflation nation. Concerns about rising food prices were confirmed Thursday morning when new inflation numbers were announced, showing consumer prices rising 2.1%.

Paying big dividends. A number of top Wall Street executives are likely to see big windfalls when the Federal Reserve allows a number of large banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. to raise dividends.

Yen rising. Since last week's earthquake, the Japanese yen has been rocketing upward -- a primer on the phenomenon.

-- Nathaniel Popper in New York

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