It's likely that the dismal holiday shopping season prepared investors for downbeat news on consumer confidence - shoppers expressed their worries about the economy by cutting back their spending sharply.
The Dow Jones industrial average is up 21 points at 8,505, little changed from its levels before the consumer data was released.
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