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11:46 PM March 28th, 2013

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March 28th, 2013 11:46 PM

In this Monday, March 25, 2013, file photo, Specialist Mario Picone, left, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Renewed jitters about Europe’s debt crisis sent world stock markets lower Thursday March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK— Stocks are little changed in early trading on Wall Street. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index is just below a record high.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down a point at 14,524 shortly after the opening bell Thursday.

The S&P fell a point to 1,561. The index is three points below the all-time high it reached in October 2007.

The Nasdaq composite was off less than a point at 3,255.

The government revised its estimate for fourth-quarter U.S. economic growth up to 0.4 percent from 0.1 percent.

Biogen Idec rose 3 percent to $8.98 after federal regulators approved the drug developer’s new multiple sclerosis treatment.

Thursday is the last day of trading for the second quarter of 2013. Markets will be closed for Good Friday.

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