Higher prices at the pump helped spur consumer prices to their biggest jump since September, raising fears that inflation could force the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than some hope. Nevertheless, news that the 2% payroll tax holiday could get extended through the rest of 2012 helped push stocks slightly higher, as the Dow Jones Industrials
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