The beginning of the first week of the last quarter of 2017 was very inflammatory. Catalonia held a referendum on secession from Spain and the approval rate reached 90%, but the Spanish government rejected that referendum and considered it illegal. The European Commission supported that view, calling on all parties to sit at the dialogue table.
The most significant move today was a drop-in oil prices from a two-month high of 50.40$ a barrel to 48.30$ as ample global supplies countered strong demand, as well as expectations of a continuing fall in US crude inventories.
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