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Wall Street: Stocks rise at the open; gold up

September 20, 2011 |  7:05 am

Wall Street
Trading now at $1,787 an ounce, up 0.6% from Monday. Dow Jones industrial average: Trading now at 11,431.30, up 0.3% from Monday.

Mixed news. U.S. stock markets wavered at the open; there was disappointing news about the housing market, but that was tempered by speculation that the Federal Reserve may announce a new stimulus plan.

Morgan Stanley's feud. Wall Street has become increasingly divided between its trading operations and its more traditional investment banking operations -- and at Morgan Stanley, this division has become personal.

Downgrade insiders. The Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly probing whether some big trading firms took advantage of last month's downgrade of the United States' credit rating by Standard & Poor's.

Rogue trader. UBS executives will meet later this week in Singapore to review the fallout from the disclosure of a rogue trader's $2.3-billion losses.

Quiet protest. Protesters are continuing their demonstrations on Wall Street, but their numbers and strength have not been overwhelming.

-- Nathaniel Popper in New York

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