The dollar dropped the most in two weeks while oil retreated from its highest close in 17 months as investors prepared to close out a volatile year for financial markets. European stocks slid from a 2016 peak. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell for the first time in four days, with the U.S. currency declining against almost all its major peers. The strengthening yen sent Japan’s Topix to its biggest drop in more than a month, while European shares extended losses for 2016. Crude futures slipped for the first time in nine days, threatening to halt the longest winning streak since 2010. Gold extended gains. The S&P 500 Index fell the most since October on Wednesday as data showed a decline in pending U.S. home sales. Trading has been thin across the globe during the last week of the year, with volumes in crude oil, equities and currencies all […]