**__ Diplomatt’s Daily Digest – January 14, 2022__**
Good morning and happy Friday, everyone! U.S. stock futures rose during early morning trading ahead of earnings from the major banks. The early market action follows a day when a slew of Federal Reserve speakers said they expected to raise interest rates in March. Investors have rotated out of growth and into value stocks amid rising rate fears, making future profits look less attractive. It has been pretty quiet on the business news front, as cryptocurrency news has dominated the news cycle. Now, tensions are incredibly tense in eastern Europe as Russia’s aggression ramps up on the eastern border of Ukraine.
**StockTwits Top 10 Trending Tickers of the Day:**
• U.S. representatives and NATO members Thursday emerged from several days of high-stakes discussions with top Russian officials with warnings that the situation along the Ukraine border is getting worse.
• A massive cyberattack warning Ukrainians to “be afraid and expect the worst” hit government websites on Thursday night, leaving some websites inaccessible on Friday morning and prompting Ukraine to open an investigation.
• The Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration from enforcing its sweeping vaccine-or-test requirements for businesses with 100 or more employees. Still, it allowed a vaccine mandate to stand for medical facilities that take Medicare or Medicaid payments.
• President Biden will nominate Sarah Bloom Raskin to be the Federal Reserve’s next vice chair for supervision, arguably the nation’s most powerful banking regulator.
• Google expands its London property empire by purchasing a $1billion office building.
• Several Chinese electric carmakers are turning to U.S. chip giant Nvidia to power their semi-autonomous driving systems as they ramp up competition with Tesla in the world’s largest car market.
• Navient, one of the largest student loan servicers, will cancel $1.7 billion in private student loans after reaching a settlement with 39 states on claims of predatory loan practices.
• Casino stocks led early gainers as Macau’s government announced it would allow just six casino licenses in the gambling hub. The companies rising Friday are among those that are already operating there.