Banks, lenders and other financial companies ticked up as Treasury rates held near recent highs. The price of bitcoin and other digital currencies slid after a top official from South Korea said the government is preparing a bill to ban the trading of cryptocurrencies on exchanges, stepping up its efforts to curb speculation. The price of bitcoin has sky-rocketed on exchanges worldwide for more than a year, but the moves on South Korean exchanges have been even bigger, leading to what traders have dubbed the "kimchi premium." South Korean Minister of Justice Park Sang-ki raised the prospect of a ban days after the country's financial regulator started inspecting some of South Korea's largest financial institutions that help facilitate digital-currency trading. Money-wiring service MoneyGram International struck a deal with Ripple, a firm that promotes a bitcoin-like digital currency known as XRP, to incorporate the technology into its systems. That caused a surge in the share price of Moneygram and in the price of the XRP cryptocurrency.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
January 11, 2018 16:18 ET (21:18 GMT)