Spot gold rose 1 percent on Tuesday, to its highest price in more than three months, as investors sought safe havens from rising geopolitical tension.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys rose on Tuesday in safe haven bidding after reports that Western forces could attack Syria within days prompted nervous investors to dump riskier assets.
Brent crude rose above $114 a barrel to trade near its highest in six months as tensions rise over Western military intervention in Syria.
European shares experienced their biggest daily drop in two months on Tuesday amid fears of a possible U.S.-led military strike in response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria.
Asian stocks bounced between gains and losses in volatile trade on Tuesday amid fears of a possible confrontation with Syria and as emerging markets were sharply sold-off.
Stocks reversed their earlier gains in the last hour of trading Monday, with the Dow slipping below the psychologically-important 15,000 level.
Gold's break above $1,400 an ounce on Monday for the first time since June 7, and a bullish "cup and handle" chart pattern, suggest more gains are in store for the precious metal.
The dollar edged higher against the euro on Monday as dismal U.S. durable goods data did little to shift expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve's wind-down of its stimulus program is around the corner.
Brent crude rejected its highest level since April 2 and West Texas also fell on Monday, as weak U.S. data overrode fears of oil supply disruptions and jitters over Syria.
European shares closed slightly lower on Monday with fears of a government collapse in Italy dragging down the FTSE MIB, and with U.K. markets closed for a holiday.
Art Cashin, director of floor operations at UBS Financial Services, explains that the $2 trillion of excess reserves held by the banking system is why big investors aren't seeing the inflation they expected.
Nicholas Colas, ConvergEx Group, and Scott Wren, Wells Fargo Advisors, provide perspective on today's market activity in stocks and bonds.
China stocks outperformed Asian equity markets on Monday on economic optimism while sentiment in other Asian shares rose after weak U.S. data soothed fears that the Federal Reserve would reduce its stimulus program anytime soon.
The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Friday, falling from a three-week peak against the yen, as a steep drop in U.S. new-home sales raised doubts that the Federal Reserve will actually reduce its asset-buying next month.
U.S. Treasurys yields fell from two-year highs on Friday after weak housing data raised concerns that rising mortgage rates may weigh on the economic recovery.
Gold rose 1.9 percent on Friday, nearing $1,400 an ounce, as a big drop in US new home sales renewed hopes that the Fed will maintain its bond-buying economic stimulus.
Oil prices rose on Friday following news of a major unit shutdown at an eastern Canadian refinery.
European shares closed higher on Friday, as growth data from the U.K. pushed the FTSE 100 higher.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a flat to higher open on Friday a day after trading in Nasdaq securities was halted for more than three hours.
Asian stocks closed mostly higher on Friday, tracking gains in global equity markets as upbeat manufacturing data offset fears about a reduction in U.S. monetary stimulus but Chinese shares bucked the trend ahead of earnings results next week.
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