1. Westpac Banking Corporation, Australia / 2. Biogen Idec Inc, USA / 3. Outotec OYJ, Finland (Capital Goods) / 4. Statoil ASA, Norway / 5. Dassault Systemes, France (Software & Services) / Source: global100.org
Cryptocurrencies have grabbed a lot of attention in recent days as the value of bitcoin skyrocketed to hit record highs and Venezuela announced plans to create a digital currency called "petro."
High levels of corporate, government and household debt are undermining China’s financial stability, the IMF said in a report. It urged Beijing to halt credit-fueled growth and bulk up on banks' capital reserves.
After Thursday's massive hike in Bitcoin's value, the cryptocurrency fell 15 percent on Friday on profit-taking. The volatility has been put down to a decision by US regulators to allow Bitcoin trade on major exchanges.
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