Dow opens flat as stocks struggle for direction

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Stocks were off to a mixed start Wednesday, struggling for direction amid a lack of fresh catalysts. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 48 points, or 0.1%, at 34,537, while the S&P 500 rose less than 0.1% to 4,445. The Nasdaq Composite was also up less than 0.1% at 15,039. Stocks are lower for the week after major indexes closed lower Tuesday, failing to hold early gains scored after the August Consumer Price Index showed a smaller-than-expected rise.

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