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STI inches up for second day running

0.4% rise to 2,863.65 comes after overnight pickup on Wall Street; trading volumes also up

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'TIS the season for dashed hopes, it seems. A day ahead of Thursday's truncated trading session and Friday's public holiday, the local market put in a last-gasp effort to climb out of the ditch it has recently got stuck in but clearly found it difficult to escape the pull of gravity.