Specialist Christopher Culhane works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Stocks opened sharply lower Friday on Wall Street after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives called off a vote on tax rates and left federal budget talks in disarray 10 days before sweeping tax increases and government spending cuts take effect. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Specialist Christopher Culhane works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Stocks opened sharply lower Friday on Wall Street after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives called off a vote on tax rates and left federal budget talks in disarray 10 days before sweeping tax increases and government spending cuts take effect. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Specialist Christopher Culhane works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. Stocks opened sharply lower Friday on Wall Street after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives called off a vote on tax rates and left federal budget talks in disarray 10 days before sweeping tax increases and government spending cuts take effect. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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