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Crude oil prices are up about 2% due to tight supplies

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Government bond yields reached multi-year highs

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Yen slips below 150 against the dollar

(Updates prices for afternoon trading)

By Stephen Culp

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) – US stocks faltered and benchmark Treasury yields continued to rise on Thursday after investors weighed broadly optimistic gains against the possibility that the Federal Reserve may have extended its aggressive monetary stance for longer than previously hoped to be maintained.

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