U.S. oil futures closed out a fifth straight week of declines, under pressure on a strong dollar and plentiful supplies.
Yellen's speech cited persistent labor market slack but noted faster recovery in the sector could accelerate the timing of a Fed interest rate hike.
Asian indices traded higher on Friday but trading remained light as investors await possible clues about interest rates at the Jackson Hole Symposium.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat open as investors await comments by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen with bated breath.
Stocks rose Thursday as investors anticipate a dovish tone from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday.
U.S. bond prices moved lower on Thursday, as investors digested minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve, and looked ahead to the Jackson Hole symposium
an shares ended the day in the green despite some disappointing data from the euro zone, as investors focused on central bank monetary policy.
Gold settled at its lowest level in two months on Thursday as fears about an early interest rate hike by the Fed sparked a technical sell-off.
Crude was lifted by supportive economic data from the United States, after a plentiful supply picture and Chinese data pressured prices.
The euro recovered from a 11-month low against the dollar, helped by better-than-expected German private sector growth data.
Asian stocks traded mixed on Thursday, with Chinese shares significantly lower after a lower-than-expected preliminary reading of mainland manufacturing activity.
Stocks rose Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting.
The U.S. Treasury yield curve flattened on Wednesday, with minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in focus.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Thursday, as the closely-watched Jackson Hole symposium of central bankers gets underway.
European shares closed mostly lower on Wednesday, with investors focused on central bank policy ahead of this week's Jackson Hole symposium.
Central bankers gathered for a three-day meeting in Wyoming that will feature a potentially market-rattling speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Spot gold prices fell after the minutes from the Fed's latest policy meeting showed the it was surprised by how quickly the labor market is healing.
Oil pulled away from multi-month lows, as a drop in U.S. oil inventories momentarily overrode concerns about ample supplies.
Most Asian stocks reversed losses on late Wednesday as traders await the release of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting minutes due later in the day.
Wall Street was seen opening lower on Wednesday, with minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in focus.
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