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01/20/2022 | 07:16pm EDT
Stocks Fall After Giving Up Early Gains 

U.S. stocks weakened on Thursday afternoon, giving up the morning's gains. More big-name companies, including American Airlines, posted earnings.

Existing-Home Sales Reached a 15-Year High in 2021 

Existing-home sales rose 8.5% last year from a year earlier to 6.12 million, the National Association of Realtors said Thursday.

U.K. Leads Europe in Easing Omicron Restrictions 

Evidence from more countries in Europe bolstered hopes that the Omicron wave will cause less suffering than previous dominant coronavirus variants.

Fed Launches Review of Possible Central Bank Digital Currency 

U.S. central bankers solicit public comment as part of review, but are unlikely to decide soon whether to issue a government-backed cryptocurrency.

Senate Panel Approves Antitrust Bill Restricting Big Tech Platforms 

Apple, Amazon and Google say the bipartisan legislation barring tech platforms from favoring their own products could disrupt popular services for businesses and consumers.

Erdogan Meets El Salvador's Bitcoin-Boosting Leader 

The Turkish government has taken a restrictive approach to cryptocurrencies in recent years.

Biden Seeks to Reassure Ukraine, Vowing a Strong Response to Russia 

President Biden said any Russian troop movement into Ukraine would be considered an invasion, clarifying earlier remarks about a 'minor incursion.'

U.S. Jobless Claims Rose to 286,000 Last Week 

Jobless claims rose sharply as the labor market, a source of economic growth, faces headwinds with Omicron cases remaining high.

U.S. Crude-Oil Inventories Unexpectedly Rise 

U.S. crude-oil inventories surprisingly increased last week and gasoline stockpiles rose much more than forecast, according to data released Thursday by the Energy Information Administration.

Fed says Philadelphia factory conditions improve  and businesses more optimistic 

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve's index of manufacturing conditions rose by 8 points in January to 23.2, showing businesses are still growing despite the omicron outbreak and persistent labor and supply shortages.

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01-20-22 1915ET

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ALPHABET INC. -1.34% 2178.16 Delayed Quote.-24.81%
AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC. -2.93% 16.26 Delayed Quote.-9.47%
APPLE INC. 0.17% 137.59 Delayed Quote.-22.52%
AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (AUD/USD) -0.13% 0.7032 Delayed Quote.-3.01%
BITCOIN (BTC/EUR) -3.48% 27643.6 End-of-day quote.-34.23%
BITCOIN (BTC/USD) -3.58% 29198.9 End-of-day quote.-38.83%
BRITISH POUND / US DOLLAR (GBP/USD) 0.19% 1.24866 Delayed Quote.-7.89%
CANADIAN DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (CAD/USD) -0.17% 0.7783 Delayed Quote.-1.43%
EURO / US DOLLAR (EUR/USD) -0.11% 1.0548 Delayed Quote.-6.97%
INDIAN RUPEE / US DOLLAR (INR/USD) -0.59% 0.012844 Delayed Quote.-3.79%
LONDON BRENT OIL 0.94% 112.54 Delayed Quote.42.93%
NEW ZEALAND DOLLAR / US DOLLAR (NZD/USD) 0.38% 0.64048 Delayed Quote.-6.67%
S&P GSCI CRUDE OIL INDEX 0.35% 604.4063 Real-time Quote.46.63%
US DOLLAR / RUSSIAN ROUBLE (USD/RUB) 0.00% 61.75 Delayed Quote.-17.11%
WTI 1.22% 110.515 Delayed Quote.44.84%
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