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The dollar advanced and U.S. equities slipped in the last trading session before Christmas, while bitcoin plunged at the end of a tumultuous week for cryptocurrencies.The country's bonds also fell along with peripheral European government debt before recovering, while bunds were little changed after a sell-off this week drove yields to five-week highs.StocksThe S&P 500 Index fell 0.2 percent as of 12:54 p.m. New York time.BondsThe yield on 10-year Treasurys advanced less than one basis point to 2.49 percent. Germany's 10-year yield climbed less than one basis point to 0.42 percent. Britain's 10-year yield fell two basis points to 1.241 percent. Spain's 10-year yield gained less than one basis point to 1.472 percent.Gold gained 0.6 percent to $1,275.82 an ounce, the highest in more than two weeks.
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