US STOCKS SNAPSHOT - Wall St opens flat as "cliff" signs awaited

NEW YORK Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:34pm GMT

NEW YORK Dec 10 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened little changed on Monday as investors awaited any sign of progress in talks to avert the United States' so-called fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts.

The Dow Jones industrial average gained 1.35 points, or 0.01 percent, to 13,156.48. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index shed 1.81 points, or 0.13 percent, to 1,416.26. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 3.62 points, or 0.12 percent, to 2,974.42.

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After wave of QE, onus shifts to leaders to boost economy

DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.