The yen hovered near the key level of 100 to the dollar on Monday after major industrialized nations gave their stamp of approval to a massive Japanese easing program.
U.S. Treasurys prices slid on Tuesday as a safety bid in the previous session faded, though yields remained low as investors weighed the Federal Reserve's easing options for the rest of the year.
The yen weakened to within striking distance of the 100-level against the U.S. dollar on Monday, yet breaking that key psychological barrier is proving to be hard.
The yen tumbled against the dollar and euro Tuesday, reversing the previous session's sharp gains as investor anxiety triggered by a record plunge in gold prices eased.
U.S. Treasurys prices edged down on Friday after a two-day rally left yields near four-month lows and investors turned to battered stocks.
Asian stock markets pared back some of their losses on Tuesday, after they were initially hurt by a sharp sell-off in commodities and concerns about the outlook for growth in the world's biggest two economies.
This week's sell-off in global financial markets, which has spared few asset classes, may well reflect investors reassessing their outlook for the global economy.
Gold prices continued to plummet Monday on Cyprus selling concerns, Dennis Gartman, editor of The Gartman Letter, told CNBC.
Japan and Australia led gains as Asian indices ended mixed on Wednesday.
Many gold producers will struggle to stay afloat if the gold price slumps below $1,200 analysts have told CNBC.
The euro suffered its biggest daily decline against the dollar in nearly a year on Wednesday, weakened by talk of a euro zone interest rate cut.
Why did the spot price of gold end the session with its biggest one-day fall in more than a year?
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Thursday as European shares rebounded after the previous session's sharp losses and investors awaited weekly jobless claims data.
Stocks finished at session lows Monday, posting their sharpest one-day drop this year, as disappointing economic data from China triggered a selloff in commodities.
As worries over the outlook for the global economy resurface, analysts tell CNBC that Asia can take comfort from one fact – the sharp fall in oil prices.
Earnings season kicks into high gear in the week ahead. Plus, at least 10 Fed speeches. How risk-averse are investors? Oh, this is going to put them to the test. Rest up.
Japan's Nikkei hit its highest level in almost five years on Monday as the yen weakened to within striking distance of the key 100-level against the greenback, while other Asian stock markets rose after world equity markets rebounded last week from a sharp sell-off.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys rose on Monday on disappointing economic data from the United States and China, with gains accelerating after explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon fueled a bid for safety.
The U.S. dollar and euro rallied 1.5 percent versus the yen on Friday after Japan said the Group of 20 countries did not oppose its aggressive monetary easing.
Brent crude oil sank to a nine-month low on Monday, after bleak Chinese and U.S. data stoked worries of a slowdown in economic growth in the world's top oil consumers.
European shares were flat on Friday as talks over the "fiscal cliff" stalled.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday for a third consecutive session, with resurging worries about the global economic outlook undermining investor sentiment.
Standard & Poor's decision to cut Spain's credit rating to one notch above junk status is weighing on markets.