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European stocks dip, bitcoin crashes below $10,000

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Europe’s major stock markets churned lower Wednesday as investors took their cue from downbeat sentiment in Asia, while Wall Street resumed its upward trend. Virtual currency bitcoin meanwhile dived, falling below $10,000 for the first time in six weeks in what one analyst called a …

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COMMENT: Risk to the global economy

Why changes in broadly shared economic assumptions are potentially riskier than more dramatic events COMMENT | CHRISTOPHER SMART | One of the great mysteries of today’s global markets is their irrepressible enthusiasm, even as the world around them appears on the verge of chaos or collapse. And yet, investors may be …

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Latest Dow landmark comes as Trump agenda languishes

New York, United States | AFP | The Dow hit another milestone Wednesday, ending above 22,000 points for the first time following another round of strong earnings that have overshadowed the lack of progress on President Donald Trump’s agenda. Trump himself claimed credit for the surge, noting on Twitter Tuesday that …

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US stocks dip as Trump health vote delayed

New York, United States | AFP | US stocks dipped Thursday as the House of Representatives delayed a vote on a health care replacement bill seen as a barometer of congressional support for President Donald Trump’s agenda. Trump and Republican congressional leaders had pushed hard for the bill, which would undo …

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Algorithms: the managers of our digital lives

Paris, France | AFP |  Algorithms are a crucial cog in the mechanics of our digital world, but also a nosy minder of our personal lives and a subtle, even insidious influence on our behaviour. They have also come to symbolise the risks of a computerised world conditioned by commercial …

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Dow passes 20,000 points for the first time

New York, United States | AFP |  The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the most famous equity index benchmark on Wall Street shot above 20,000 for the first time at the open Wednesday. The blue-chip stocks index quickly blew through the much-anticipated milestone in the opening seconds of trading, culminating a …

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Markets in free fall as Trump moves into lead

Mexican peso slumps to record low against dollar Hong Kong, China | AFP | Markets went into free fall Wednesday and the Mexican peso tanked as Donald Trump appeared to be moving into the lead in the race for the White House. Safe haven assets rallied as investors went running …

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