MarketWatch for Thursday, February 20, 2014

By CBS News

Published 02/20 2014 07:12AM

Updated 02/20 2014 07:16AM

If you're keeping on top of the stock markets this morning,  Thursday, February 20, 2014....

The Nikkei dropped 317 points today in Japan.
On Wall Street, Dow was down 90 points Wednesday.
And the Nasdaq fell 35.

Federal Reserve policy makers agreed that the central bank should keep gradually reducing its stimulas program, as long as the economy keeps improving.
U.S. Stocks were mixed Wednesday as investors worked through the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.

New home construction dropped 16-percent in January
It's the biggest one month drop in three years.
Economists believe the brutally cold winter is the main reason.
Last month new home starts in the Midwest tumbled a record 67.7-percent and were down 12.5-percent in the south.

A college in Washington state is trying to figure out how to spend $10,000 worth of bitcoins or virtual currency.
Bitcoin entrepreneur Nicolas Cary donated the bitcoins to the University of Puget Sound - his alma mater.
It is thought to  be the first time a college has received a bitcoin donation.
Officials at the school said they were uncertain how to handle the money - but they welcome the gift.

Finding a nice bathroom to use  in the Big Apple, can sometimes be hard.
A New York company has a solution.
Posh-Stow-And-Go, plans to offer clean safe, soundproof, bathrooms and luxury showers for $8 a day.
The midtown facility is expected to open in June.The company hopes to expand to other parts of the city and says a limited number of memberships will be sold.

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