(Updates to midday with stocks erasing losses) NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) - Stocks rose at midday on Thursday, bouncing off earlier losses of more than 1 percent, as the U.S.-led assault on Iraq intensified and lifted investor hopes the war is going smoothly for the United States. "It's nightfall in Iraq, and there are signs the full-scale attack is on," said Andrew Baker, senior Nasdaq trader at regional investment bank Wedbush Morgan. "It's just more optimism everything is going well ...
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