Blockchain company Ripple announced on Thursday that it had finalised an agreement with Texan funds transfer giant MoneyGram that would see Ripple's digital currency XRP, which had soared in value since the beginning of December despite questions regarding its practical uses, be used to provide liquidity to financial institutions.
Bitcoin's value dived 13. 5% on Thursday after South Korean officials revealed the nation was planning to ban trading of the cryptocurrency.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, according to figures from the Labor Department.
Canada has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the US, claiming it has broken international trade rules.
The euro has snapped higher after rate-setters in Frankfurt dropped a hint that they might harden their so-called 'guidance' for their policy settings.
Eurozone industrial production jumped more than expected in November and the bloc headed into 2018 on the front foot.