Stock market live updates: Blowout retail sales, hot inflation, Verizon gains on Buffett buy

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Stocks slid on Wednesday morning, even amid a retail sales report showing that consumers ramped up their spending in January. Shares of Verizon and Chevron jumped on recent Berkshire Hathaway purchases. Bitcoin topped $51,000 and energy traders were still watching closely the blackouts in Texas. For continuous real-time insight on the market see below.

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