U.S. stocks opened flat on Thursday, with the S&P 500 index, Nasdaq Composite index and Dow Jones Industrial Average trading just shy of all-time highs, after the European Central Bank said it would decrease its monthly bond purchases beginning in April. The S&P 500 fell three points, or 0.1%, to 2,238, while the Dow was flat at 19,541. The Nasdaq was little-changed at 5,392. Meanwhile, rising crude oil prices helped lift energy shares.
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