NewsWatch: October’s performance could decide if stocks have a great, or middling, run deep into 2018

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MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE

The market’s hardest period of the year, in terms of historical seasonal patterns, is just about over, though investors can be forgiven if they didn’t realize things were supposed to be risky. See full story.

Tension grows in Spain as Catalan vote nears—referendum another marker in global independence movement

Demonstrations broke out across Spain on Saturday, a day ahead of a vote for independence in the wealthy, northeastern region of Catalonia. The central government in Madrid has vowed to stop the vote on Sunday. See full story.

In the near future, your hotel room will know exactly how you like to sleep

Hilton CEO says the company is already experimenting with smart rooms See full story.

Google deepens probe of Russian meddling in U.S. election amid congressional pressure

Alphabet Inc’s Google is conducting a broader internal investigation to determine whether Russian-linked entities used its ads or other services to try to manipulate U.S. voters last year. See full story.

Wall Street’s embrace of Roku ignores the ghosts of GoPro, Fitbit IPOs

Hardware companies such as Roku face a tough transition to become more software-focused, writes Therese Poletti. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

A second wife dislikes her husband co-signing on his kids’ student loans. See full story.