Safe havens rally, equities slide, as European COVID-19 cases rise

By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) – Safe-haven assets such as the dollar and U.S. Treasuries edged higher while global equity benchmarks and bitcoin slid on Thursday, weighed by rising coronavirus cases in Europe and a selloff that pushed Chinese blue-chip shares to their lowest levels since early December. Oil prices sank after surging on Wednesday after a container ship became stuck in the Suez Canal. The ship, which a salvage team described as a “beached whale,” may block the vital shipping lane for weeks, officials said. European shares fell on data showing the biggest rise in new confir…

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