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Taiwan-bitcoinrobbery-022318.jpg Taiwanese police arrested four men charged with stealing Bitcoins worth $170,000 or 5 million Taiwanese dollars, in what is described as the first robbery involving the cryptocurrency in the country. The incident happened in a residential area in the central city of Taichung on February 10, when two men were lured by four men in their early twenties, pretending to be interested in buying bitcoins.

Cryptocurrency-cybercrime-022318.jpg A new report on the global economic impact of cybercrime has named three cryptocurrencies that provide greater security to cybercriminals and help them evade policing. Cryptocurrency is proven to be the favored currency for darknet marketplaces, with cybercriminals taking advantage of its pseudonymous nature and decentralized organization to conduct illicit transactions and demand payments.

Germany-GDP-022318.jpg Germany's economy expanded at a solid pace, as initially estimated, in the fourth quarter largely driven by foreign demand, detailed data from Destatis showed Friday. Another official data showed that the largest euro area economy logged its biggest budget surplus in 2017 since the reunification in 1990. Gross domestic product climbed 0.6 percent sequentially.

Robinhood-cryptotrading-022318.jpg Mobile trading app Robinhood on Thursday launched Bitcoin and Ethereum trading for the first set of customers of its Crypto platform.

Tezos-022318.jpg The Zug, Swtizerland-based Tezos Foundation, which raised over $232 million in a crowdfunding initiative in July to develop a cryptocurrency and blockchain network, has reorganized its board which it hopes, would help in the launch of its Tezos network and tezos coins.

wallstreet-022318.jpg There are no major economic announcements on Friday. Earnings reports are also tapering down. Investors are keenly waiting for a slew of Fed speeches. Asian shares closed higher, while European shares are trading in the red. Early signs from the U.S. Futures Index suggest that Wall Street might open higher.

dailycryptos-022318.jpg Bitcoin is back below $10,000 after the market sentiment was hurt by the news that the US securities watchdog has charged a former crypto trading platform and its founder with fraud. In Switzerland, a project that attracted one of the biggest amount in an ICO in July has finally decided to launch its blockchain network and coin that were long delayed due to infighting.

Iran-Plans-Crypto-022318.jpg The Islamic Republic of Iran is set to become the second U.S.-sanctions hit country to have its own state-backed cryptocurrency. The move follows Venezuela's launch of its own oil-backed cryptocurrency named Petro earlier in the week. Iran's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Minister MJ Azari Jahromi made the announcement on Twitter.

stocksubdued-022318.jpg European stocks were lackluster on Friday as earnings proved to be a mixed bag and investors kept an eye on multiple speeches from Fed officials due later today for further insight on inflation and interest rates. The pan-European Stoxx Europe 600 index was marginally lower at 380.14 in late opening...

SwissRe-022318.jpg Reinsurer Swiss Re (SSREY.PK) reported Friday a sharp decline in fiscal 2017 profit, hurt mainly by $4.7 billion losses related natural catastrophes, as well as weak premiums written. However, the company announced higher dividend and said its Board will propose a further share buy-back program of up to 1.0 billion francs. Swiss Re shares were gaining around 3 percent.

EarningsFocus-022318.jpg Checkout the few notable companies that are scheduled to publish their quarterly financial results on Friday, February 23, 2018.

stockhigher-022318.jpg European stocks look set to open higher on Friday, tracking gains on Wall Street overnight and a positive trend across Asia this morning, after U.S. government debt yields fell from multiyear highs reached on Wednesday, helping ease worries over inflation and higher interest rates. The dollar edged...

bitcoin-down-022318.jpg The biggest cryptocurrency Bitcoin continued to loose its shine for the second day, dropping below $10,000 again, reaching the lowest value in a week. All other major digital currencies also are in the downtrend. The negative sentiments followed the SEC's charging of BitFunder, a former bitcoin-denominated platform, and its founder Jon Montroll with fraud.

Feb22-down-022218.jpg Alkermes plc (ALKS) lost 10.51% on Thursday, after Jefferies analyst Biren Amin downgraded the stock from Buy to Hold with a price target of $66.00. There are a couple of clinical and regulatory catalysts related to Alkermes to keep an eye on in the coming months.

Feb22-up-022218.jpg G1 Therapeutics Inc. (GTHX) gained 14.52% on Thursday. The Company has 3 drug candidates in its pipeline namely, Trilaciclib, G1T38 and G1T48. Topline data from a phase 2a trial of chemotherapy with or without Trilaciclib in first-line SCLC is expected to be reported in March 2018.

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