Wall Street

Light Trading on Wall Street Day Before the Election

Tenterhooks. Everybody is on tenterhooks.

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Stocks advanced modestly on Monday in light trading in one of the year's quietest sessions on the day before the presidential election.

Whatever the outcome of the race between incumbent President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the election's resolution will finally end the uncertainty that has kept the market stagnant for the past few weeks.

"No one's going to make big bets today," said Perry Piazza, director of investment strategy at Contango Capital Advisors in San Francisco.