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STOCKS RISE: Here's what you need to know

Stocks finished in the green on Thursday as bitcoin topped $US16,000 for the first time after a wild 48-hour surge that saw fortunes made and exchanges crash.Some Wall Street banks are walking away from the volatile cryptocurrency despite a new futures market set to launch this weekend.

Here’s the scoreboard:

  • S&P 500: 2,637.01 (+0.29%)
  • Dow: 24,200.60 (+0.25%)
  • Nasdaq: 6,812.84 (+0.54%)
  • Oil: $US56.61 (+1.16%)
  • 10-year treasury bond: 2.34% (-0.57%)
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  3. Lululemon surged after beating on earnings and raising its guidance.
  4. Cryptocurrency volumes went bananas today, totaling more than half of a usual trading day on the New York Stock Exchange.

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