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Flat Open As Wholesale Prices Rise

Rising gasoline prices lifted wholesale prices in February 0.4% but core prices edged up a mere 0.2%. The markets opened flat with the Dow adding 7 points to 13,202 while Nasdaq rose 9 points to 3049.

On the upside

Germany's Federal Joint Committee granted InterMune's (Nasdaq: ITMN) lung scarring treatment Esbriet additional benefit status.

Jefferies analyst Mark Lipacis upgraded Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) to a Buy rating and increased his price target from $7 to $10.50.

Shares of Endocyte (Nasdaq: ECYT) continued climbing after announcing plans yesterday to resume late stage clinical trials of its ovarian cancer treatment EC145.

On the downside

Guess (NYSE: GES) reported lower fourth quarter earnings and forecast current quarter and 2012 results below analyst expectations.

Fourth quarter earnings climbed to beat expectations for Vera Bradley (Nasdaq: VRA) but the accessories retailer forecast first quarter results that fell short of estimates.

Yongye International (Nasdaq: YONG) disappointed by falling to a loss for the fourth quarter even as revenue surged.

In the broad market, declining issues outpaced advancers by a margin of nearly 9 to 7 on the NYSE and by nearly 10 to 9 on Nasdaq. The Russell 2000 which tracks small cap stocks held steady at 823.

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