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  FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2012, file photo, James Dresch of MND Partners Inc. works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks declined for a third day on Wall Street Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, as investors waited for signs of progress on the "fiscal cliff." (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)