Financial markets

This Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, photo shows the Chicago Board Options Exchange website announcing that bitcoin futures will start trading on the CBOE on Sunday evening, Dec. 10. Bitcoin futures will start trading a week later on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
December 10, 2017 - 7:59 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The first-even bitcoin future began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major U.S. exchange. The futures contract that expires in January rose $340 to $15,800 in the first hour and 15 minutes of trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange...
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, file photo, a man walks towards the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks are opening moderately higher on Wall Street, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, as investors welcome a strong U.S. jobs report and signs of progress in Britain's departure from the European Union. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
December 08, 2017 - 5:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose Friday following a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report, and the strong finish pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight weekly gain despite some weakness earlier in the week. The gains were widespread, and telecom and health care stocks helped...
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A man walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the Korea Exchange in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Asian share indexes advanced Friday, guided by Wall Street gains and healthy quarterly economic data from Japan. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
December 08, 2017 - 1:30 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Asian share indexes advanced Friday, guided by Wall Street gains and healthy economic data from Japan and China. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 1.4 percent to 22,811.08, while South Korea's Kospi was flat at 2,462.08. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.1 percent...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 16, 2017, file photo, a sign advertises that an existing home for sale is under contract in Roswell, Ga. Surging stock prices and steady increases in home values powered American household wealth to $96.9 trillion in the fall of 2017, though the gains aren’t widely shared. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)
December 07, 2017 - 2:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging stock prices and steady increases in home values powered American household wealth to $96.9 trillion this fall, The Federal Reserve said Thursday. The gains, however, aren't widely shared. U.S. wealth has made a remarkable comeback since the recession, when it plummeted...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 27, 2017 file photo, the President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany. A key global forum of banking regulators has completed a new set of rules aimed at keeping bad banks from needing taxpayer bailouts and hurting the economy, it was reported on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Under the latest rules, banks must keep at least 7X percent of the capital buffers under their own internal risk calculations, compared to a stricter measure used by regulators.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
December 07, 2017 - 11:28 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A global forum of banking regulators has finished its years-long work on rules that aim to keep weak banks from needing taxpayer bailouts and setting off financial crises like the one that led to the Great Recession. The oversight board of the Basel Committee on Banking...
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A man stands in front of a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index outside a Hong Kong local bank Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Share prices were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Japan and Australia leading gains after U.S. indexes stabilized overnight. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
December 07, 2017 - 2:23 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Share prices were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Japan and Australia leading gains after U.S. indexes stabilized overnight. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.5 percent to 22,498.03 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.5 percent to 5,977.70. Hong Kong's Hang...
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A man stands in front of a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index outside a Hong Kong local bank Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Share prices were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Japan and Australia leading gains after U.S. indexes stabilized overnight. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
December 06, 2017 - 11:28 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Share prices were mixed in Asia on Thursday, with Japan and Australia leading gains after U.S. indexes stabilized overnight. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 jumped 1.2 percent to 22,435.54 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.6 percent to 5,981.10. Most other regional...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. Shares in Asia fell Wednesday after another afternoon fizzle for stocks that left the Standard & Poor’s 500 index with its third straight loss. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 05, 2017 - 10:38 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Shares in Asia fell Wednesday after another afternoon fizzle for stocks that left the Standard & Poor's 500 index with its third straight loss. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.9 percent to 22,419.88 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong slumped 1.6 percent to 28,389.35. The...
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December 05, 2017 - 6:00 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Municipal governments worry the tax overhaul in Washington, D.C. could chill the construction of affordable housing as homelessness reaches a crisis point on the West Coast. Officials with the housing authority in Portland, Oregon, said Tuesday that the U.S. could lose nearly...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Shares were steady in Asia on Tuesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street where technology stocks tumbled. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.3 percent as the yen gained against the U.S. dollar. Investors are keeping an eye on U.S. tax legislation and Brexit negotiations. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
December 05, 2017 - 1:08 am
TOKYO (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Tuesday after a lackluster session on Wall Street, where technology stocks tumbled. Investors are keeping an eye on U.S. tax legislation and Brexit negotiations. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.4 percent to 22,622.38 and Hong Kong's...
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