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Trader Kevin Walsh works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The stock market is opening lower as the U.S. government shutdown enters a second day with little hope for a resolution in sight. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Trader Kevin Walsh works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. The stock market is opening lower as the U.S. government shutdown enters a second day with little hope for a resolution in sight. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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(AP) Stocks are inching higher in early trading, but the market is still on track for a second losing week in a row.


Investors have been discouraged this week as political wrangling over the new health care law led to a partial shutdown of the government that is now in its fourth day.


The Dow Jones industrial average was up 17 points, or 0.1 percent, to 15,013 after the first few minutes of trading Friday.


The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up three points, or 0.2 percent, at 1,682. The Nasdaq composite was up 15 points, or 0.4 percent, at 3,790.


The S&P has finished higher only twice in the past 11 days as disgust over the budget impasse grows. The index is down 0.5 percent for the week.


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