wallstreet-111814_23mar18.jpg Stocks are showing a lack of direction in morning trading on Friday following the sell-off seen in the previous session. The major averages have been bouncing back and forth across the unchanged line.

dutch-court-rules-bitcoin-legitimate-032318.jpg A district court in Amsterdam stated that bitcoin represents a value and is transferable. The ruling gives the cryptocurrency some legitimacy for being recognized as a currency.

ibmblockchain-032218.jpg Tech giant IBM unveiled a blockchain project development platform for startups, that is cheaper than its existing enterprise solution. The offering called IBM Blockchain Platform Starter Plan gives access to development tools, tutorials, and a development environment that will help startups create their network using the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Composer, the company said.

tmxshorcan-cryptobrokerage-032318.jpg Canada's TSX operator TMX Group said it is launching a new cryptocurrency brokerage service through its wholly-owned subsidiary Shorcan Digital Currency Network, which has inked a deal with decentralized financial services provider Paycase Financial to this effect. The service is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2018.

newhomesales-us-032318.jpg A report released by the Commerce Department on Friday showed a modest decrease in new home sales in the month of February. The report said new home sales fell by 0.6 percent to an annual rate of 618,000 in February from an upwardly revised 622,000 in January.

crypto-this-week-032318.jpg Cryptocurrency prices rebounded at the start of the week as sentiment improved after the G20 signaled that is it not planning to regulate cryptocurrencies for now as they do not pose considerable risk to financial stability. Bitcoin climbed back above $9,000 on the back of the news by the middle of the week.

donaldtrump-032318.jpg Raising the possibility of another government shutdown, President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering a veto of a $1.3 trillion government spending bill. Trump said in a post on Twitter the potential veto is due to the fact that the bill does not address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...

durablegoods-us-032318.jpg New orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods surged up by much more than anticipated in the month of February, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday. The report said durable goods orders jumped by 3.1 percent in February after slumping by 3.5 percent in January.

scapchat-ico-adblock-032318.jpg Snap Inc. has banned advertising of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) On its Popular messaging app "the Snapchat app." This was reported by Cheddar on Monday, quoting a company spokesperson. Snapchat follows Google and Facebook, which discouraged crypto ads earlier this year. In contrast to Facebook and Google, Snap's ban is confined to ICOs, and does not apply to other kinds of cryptocurrency ads.

wallstreet-011215_23mar18.jpg Following the sell-off seen in the previous session, stocks may move back to the upside in early trading on Friday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 43 points.

swissrealcoin-032318.jpg Crypto Real Estate AG, a Swiss startup company, is launching a crypto token called SwissRealCoin (SRC), to be backed by the Swiss commercial real estate. The company is building a platform that is set to bring real estate assets onto the blockchain and provide investors with easy access to the Swiss real estate market.

edward-snowdens-bitcoins-032318.jpg American whistle-blower Edward Snowden believes Bitcoin's main drawback is not its ability to scale as many critics allege, but its lack of privacy. "Everybody is focused on the transaction rate limitations of bitcoin being its central flaw, and that is a major one, but I would argue that the much larger structural flaw, the long-lasting flaw, is its public ledger," according to Snowden.

russia-central-bank-032318.jpg Russia's central bank decided to cut its key rate by a quarter point, amid below-target inflation, and signaled more reduction this year. The Board of Directors of the Bank of Russia trimmed the key rate to 7.25 percent from 7.50 percent. The bank had lowered the rate by 25 basis points in February. The bank said it will continue to reduce the key rate and complete the transition to a neutral

wallstreet-032318.jpg Financial markets across the globe is trying to find a new direction after the wider reaction to global trade war, tariff concerns and commodity price fluctuations. Early signals from the U.S. Futures Index also show that Wall Street might open in the red.

cryptocurrencies-032318.jpg Bitcoin was down as the Japanese financial watchdog's move to file criminal charges against the Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, raised concerns. Internet behemoth Google is creating its own blockchain to support its cloud business and to catch up with new startups. And brother of the late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar has launched a bitcoin hard fork called dietbitcoin.

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