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✓ Bitcoin extended its recovery on Tuesday, rising 10 percent to $15,519.5 to be up more than a third from last week’s lows of below $12,000;
✓ Prices of rival cryptocurrencies, which slid along with Bitcoin last week, have also recovered, with Ethereum quoted around $780,7, up from Sunday’s low of $689 but still far from highs around $900 hit last week;
✓ Japanese workers will see a 1 percent increase in their total earnings next year, the most since 1997;
✓ The yuan rose to three-month high as the People’s Bank of China boosted its daily reference rate for the currency amid thin liquidity;
✓ Oil held gains above $58 a barrel as trading resumed following the Christmas holiday;
✓ Oil prices are expected to extend gains through the first quarter of 2018, according to energy strategists. Goldman Sachs said a stronger-than-anticipated OPEC-led commitment to extend production cuts would likely support oil prices through 2018;
✓ Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabbar Al-Luaibi said he’s optimistic crude prices will increase in 2018, with global stockpiles falling and demand on the rise in China and India;
✓ Land Securities Group, or Landsec, the U.K.’s largest commercial property development and investment company has said that the blockchain will ‘absolutely’ play a role in its business.*
* Information source: cryptocoinsnews, bloomberg, cnbc, coinmarketcap, investing (Crude Oil WTI Futures as of 10:53:32 GMT)

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