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Sweeping regulatory changes go live in Europe.Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II is expected to chop $US4.4 billion of revenue from the European operations of investment banks.
The Nasdaq crosses 7,000 for the first time. The Nasdaq Composite gained 1.5% on Tuesday, finishing at 7,006.90.
Bitcoin’s share of the crypto market hits a record low. Bitcoin’s market capitalisation as a percentage of the total cryptocurrency market hit an all-time low below 36% on Tuesday, down from 65% at the start of December, CoinMarketCap.com data showed.
Peter Thiel is reportedly making a killing on his bitcoin investment. Thiel’s venture-capital firm Founders Fund has reportedly turned a bitcoin investment of $US15 million to $US20 million into hundreds of millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal says.
Amazon shipped more than 5 billion Prime items in 2017. The e-commerce giant says its Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot were the best-selling products on its Prime service.
MoneyGram and Ant Financial terminate their merger agreement. The termination of the deal comes as the two companies were unable to get approval for the deal from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, Reuters reports, citing a joint statement issued by the companies.
American and Southwest celebrate the new tax law with bonuses for employees. The airlines American and Southwest on Tuesday announced they would join a slew of other companies in giving $US1,000 bonuses to employees in celebration of Republicans’ tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law last month.
Movie attendance hits a 25-year low in the US. The total number of tickets sold at the domestic box office in 2017 fell 5.8% year-over-year to 1.239 billion, making for the lowest total since 1992, Box Office Mojo says.
Stock markets around the world are higher. China’s Shanghai Composite (+1.24%) paced the advance in Asia, and France’s CAC (+0.36%) leads the way higher in Europe. The S&P 500 is set to open little changed near 2,700.
US economic data is heavy. Construction spending and ISM Manufacturing will be released at 10 a.m. ET before the latest Federal Open Market Committee minutes cross the wires at 2 p.m. ET. US auto and truck sales are due throughout the day.
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