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Strong Start to Trading

There were almost 9 stocks advancing for each 1 declining at the open—those are numbers almost impossible to hold after the first 20 minutes. But at 10:15 am ET, it was still 8 to 1.

The euro, sitting at the highest level against the dollar all month, should help carry Europe to a positive close.

Strength of euroshould carry the day. Also helping: most large European banks are up 5 percent on the day and near the highs for the morning.

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