European shares closed lower after U.S. growth figures missed expectations pointing to a potential slowdown in the world's biggest economy.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a narrowly higher open on Friday as investors traded cautiously ahead of the release of first quarter U.S. GDP figures.
Asian stock markets traded cautiously on Friday as investors digested a raft of regional corporate earnings and as attention turned to first-quarter U.S. GDP figures for signs of whether the rally on Wall Street can continue.
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The dollar rose against the euro on Thursday as data indicating resilience in the U.S. labor market allayed concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.
U.S. Treasurys prices slipped on Thursday, as better-than-expected labor market data and gains in the stock market nicked the safe haven bid in bonds.
Oil prices rose for a second straight day on Thursday, underpinned by strong U.S. equities markets, while U.S. crude's discount to Brent fell below $10 for the first time since June 2012.
Gold surged more than 2 percent to end at $1,462, boosted by a combination of options-related buying, rising geopolitical tensions and strong physical demand after its selloff.
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Risk appetite returned to European markets on Thursday, as investor confidence got a further boost from the news that the U.K. avoided a triple-dip recession in the first quarter.
U.S. stock index futures were higher Thursday, lifted by a batch of better-than-expected earnings and after an upbeat jobless claims report.
Gains in Asia continued for a second session on Thursday but momentum was tepid due to a lack of fresh catalysts as investors look ahead to the Bank of Japan's policy decision due Friday.
Gold is clawing its way back up amid signs that demand for the precious metal is soaring a week after a massive sell-off sent prices to their lowest level in more than two years.
The global economy is showing signs of slowing yet global stock markets are back near their highs for the year on growing expectations the ECB will soon join other central banks with a more expansionary policy.
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The euro rose against the dollar on Wednesday, reversing a drop to a near three-week low earlier in the global session.
U.S. Treasurys prices edged up on Wednesday as unexpectedly weak data on durable goods and a wobbly stock market supported safe-haven demand for bonds.
Gold rose as physical demand encouraged speculative buying after the previous session's drop, while support also came from weak German economic data which fueled prospects the European Central Bank (ECB) could cut interest rates.
Crude oil prices rose with Brent gaining more than $1 a barrel and U.S. crude up nearly $2 as stockpiles of gasoline declined in top consumer the United States, but gains were checked by the prospect of slowing fuel demand in major economies.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday, after weak German business sentiment data spurred hopes the ECB might move to cut interest rates when it meets next week.
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