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European Economic Concerns Weigh Down Markets

The markets extended its losses during the midday with the Dow slumping 159 point to 12,343 as European economic concerns trumped a gain in new home sales. Nasdaq plummeted 32 points to 2807.

On the upside

PetSmart (Nasdaq: PETM) reported sharply higher first quarter earnings that surpassed analyst expectations as revenue rose and lifted its full year guidance.

First quarter earnings dropped for Guess (NYSE: GES) but the results beat expectations.

Five Star Equities expects large pharmaceuticals to explore acquiring biotechnology firm Rosetta Genomics (Nasdaq: ROSG).

On the downside

Piper Jaffray analyst Mark Murphy expects billings growth to slow which sent shares of Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) tumbling.

Shares of Galena Biopharma (Nasdaq: GALE) continued falling after TheStreet questioned the effectiveness of the company's breast cancer vaccine NeuVax yesterday.

Investors locked in profits on Radian Group (NYSE: RDN) whose stock price spiked recently over acquisition rumors.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 4 to 1 on the NYSE and by a nearly 7 to 2 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks plunged 9 points to 750.

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