The dollar reached the highest level in almost a year against the euro as signs of U.S. economic growth and tensions in Ukraine boosted demand for the currency.
An employee is seen behind a glass wall with the logo of Alibaba at the company's headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
The prospect of the first ever default in China's rapidly expanding shadow banking sector sent shockwaves through financial markets this year.
Swiss National Bank President Thomas Jordan pledged to maintain the cap on the appreciating franc amid increasing global economic risks.
CaixaBank SA (CABK), Spain's third-biggest bank, agreed to buy banking operations in the country from Barclays Plc (BARC) for about 800 million euros ($1.1 billion) in cash to expand its business as economic growth picks up.