A shop keeper dispays Catalan separatist "Estelada" flags next to souvenirs for tourists at a shop in Barcelona, December 22, 2017. (REUTERS/Eric Gaillard)
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The Spanish stock market sank Friday after a victory for Catalan separatists in a snap poll, but London hit a record peak in a "Santa Rally" before closing early for Christmas.However, the FTSE later closed at 1230 GMT for an early finish at 7,592.66 points, down almost 0.2 percent from Thursday's closing level.Trade was choppy with many investors away for extended Christmas and New Year festivities.All four European bourses will be shut next Monday and Tuesday for Christmas and Boxing Day, but re-open for business on Wednesday.Bitcoin prices plunged by a quarter on Friday as investors cashed out just before Christmas after the volatile currency's stratospheric rise in recent weeks.
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