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US stocks rise early in wake of strong Asian markets, improved business confidence in Germany

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U.S. stocks rose in early trading in line with gains from Asian markets and thanks to improvement in German business confidence.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose six points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,069 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time Monday.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 40 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,850.

Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.33 percent.

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