Stocks Tread Water
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2009 8:38 AM CDT
Andrew Tisch, left, Co-Chairman of the Board of the Loews Corporation, talks to Bank of America specialist John Parisi on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, March 10, 2009.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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(Newser) – Stocks murmured softly at today's open, barely moving off yesterday’s numbers. The Dow fell 19 points, while the Nasdaq and S&P were essentially flat. GE was on the rise after S&P cut its credit rating less than expected, from AAA to AA+. Investors were also mulling a better-than-expected retail sales report; the metric dipped just 0.1% on a revised 1.8% gain in January.