Pro-independence parties win seats in blow to Madrid. Join the NASDAQ Community today and get free, instant access to portfolios, stock ratings, real-time alerts, and more! The bitcoin forex broker fell against the dollar on Friday after Catalan separatists won a regional election, prompting worries about the possible break-up of the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy.

Spain’s government had hoped that the Catalan election would strip pro-independence parties of their control of the regional parliament and end their campaign to force a split. But with 96 percent of ballots counted in a vote to elect Catalonia’s regional parliament, separatist parties are seen winning 70 seats out of 135. Shaun Osborne, chief FX strategist at Scotiabank in Toronto. Europe’s common currency though was still up nearly 13 percent so far this year, on track for its best yearly performance in 14 years. The dollar, meanwhile, was little moved by Friday’s mixed batch of economic data. November and shipments of key capital goods orders increased for the 10th straight month.