NewsWatch: Bitcoin blasts through $15,000 milestone, soars 20% in 24 hours

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Bitcoin slammed through the $15,000 level early on Thursday, showing no signs of slowing its relentless rally that has pushed up the cryptocurrency more than 1,400% since the beginning of the year. See full story.

S&P 500 to crash 25% — and 9 other ‘outrageous’ analyst predictions for 2018

How does a 25% flash crash in the S&P 500 sound? Or bitcoin peaking at $60,000 before sinking to $1,000? Or maybe even the U.S. Treasury sidelining the Fed and enacting a yield cap? See full story.

These other red, white and blue stocks are ‘just breaking out’ after a lost decade

The tax-reform cheer and tech-wreck fear are both fading a bit, so what are we left with? Our call of the day notes the French stock market “is just breaking out right now” and suggests buying the U.S.-listed iShares MSCI France ETF. See full story.

Analysts expect these energy stocks to rise the most in 2018 as oil rebounds

Wall Street sees gains of 35% to 137% for 15 companies. By Phil van Doorn. See full story.

Here are the ways Google and Amazon are fighting

The heavyweight bout between Alphabet Inc.-owned Google and Amazon.com Inc. shot into public view this week, as Google pulled its YouTube streaming service from some Amazon devices, but that isn’t the only arena in which the two tech titans are competing. See full story.

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Researchers found vulnerabilities in the apps of some of the largest banks See full story.

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