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Spanish Stocks, Bonds Fall After Catalan Vote

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A victory for Catalonia's separatist parties in a regional election sapped some demand for Spanish assets, while benchmarks elsewhere in the world continued to climb ahead of the Christmas holiday.

Oil Prices Fall in Thin Trading

Oil prices fell as many traders packed up early and others cashed in ahead of the holiday weekend.

Bitcoin Plunges 25% in 24 Hours in a Cryptocurrency Market Rout

The price of bitcoin tumbled sharply Friday in Asia, wiping one-fourth of its market value in the past 24 hours alone, as a wave of selling hit the broader cryptocurrency market just before the Christmas holiday weekend.

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How Buying the Dips Made Them Disappear

Lack of volatility helped drive valuations higher but when the dip-buying strategy fails, there could be a wipeout.

Watch Out VIX: Nasdaq Amps Up Volatility Game

Nasdaq is working on launching futures and options linked to an index that uses a different way to track volatility in the S&P 500 than the popular VIX, Cboe's so-called fear gauge.

Indian Government Bond Yields Climb as Inflation Worries Return

A selloff in Indian government debt has pushed the yield on 10-year bonds to its highest level since July 2016, as investors assess the country's monetary-policy outlook.

Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

Congress on Thursday passed a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through mid-January and avoid a partial shutdown looming at week's end.

Catalan Separatists Win Majority of Seats in Regional Assembly

Catalonia's separatist parties won a majority in a pivotal vote for a new regional assembly, reflecting strong support among local voters for the region's independence.

Bank and Energy Shares Pull U.S. Stocks Higher

Shares of banks and energy firms rose Thursday to help major indexes snap a two-day streak of declines.

Fannie, Freddie Modify Repayment Agreements With U.S.

Mortgage-giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will retain some of their quarterly earnings as part of an agreement between the Trump administration and their regulator to allow them to build a small capital buffer against future operating losses.

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December 22, 2017 07:15 ET (12:15 GMT)