Stocks rose Thursday as earnings from Ford Motor and Facebook beat expectations.
Treasury debt prices fell after data showed initial jobless claims in the world's largest economy dropped to their lowest in more than eight years,
European shares were higher on Thursday, but pared gains, as a business activity index showed the euro zone rebounded in July
Brent crude was steady above $108 after a strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand.
Gold broke below the key psychological level of $1,300 an ounce as safe-haven demand for the metal eased due to strong Chinese manufacturing data.
The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business activity beat expectations.
Asian equity markets ended mixed on Thursday following gains in the morning session as attention turned to the region's earnings season.
U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, ahead of one of the heaviest days for U.S. and European second-quarter earnings.
Stocks mostly rose on Wednesday as investors weighed earnings and tracked global events.
U.S. long-term Treasury debt prices edged higher for a third straight session on continued safe-haven demand as global tensions persisted.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday amid corporate earnings news and ongoing turmoil in Gaza and Ukraine.
Gold ended the trading session lower on Wednesday, pressured by firmer stock markets after positive U.S. data and corporate earnings.
Oil rose on Wednesday, with U.S. crude outpacing Brent, after oil stockpiles in the United States fell more than expected.
The euro hit an eight-month low against the dollar on Wednesday as worries drove investors away from the single currency.
Asian stock markets were mixed on Wednesday as profit-taking offset a positive lead from Wall Street overnight.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, building on gains after CPI rose in June, with sentiment also stabilized by encouraging earnings reports.
Yields fell on Tuesday as benign US inflation data suggested less pressure for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday with investors shrugging off concerns surrounding events in both Gaza and Ukraine.
Crude dipped in choppy trading as traders searched for direction amidst political tensions in Ukraine and Gaza.
Oil rallied as investors closely watched an intensifying crisis with Moscow over the downing of a civilian jet in Ukraine.
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