Japanese stock markets took a breather on Friday from this week's rally, while most other Asian indices closed lower.
The dollar rose to another four-year high against the yen on Thursday, closing in on the key 100 yen level.
U.S. Treasurys prices rose on Thursday as a three-day rise in yields lured investors to buy government debt on the open market and a $13 billion auction of 30-year bonds.
Brent crude oil fell below $106 per barrel, after analysts cut forecasts for global oil demand growth and U.S. crude oil stocks hit their highest level in more than two decades.
Gold bounced back from a one-week low hit in earlier trade to end at $1,564 per ounce, as a weak dollar prompted buyers to pick up bargains, although analysts expect the rebound will be short-lived.
Japan's Nikkei led the rally in Asian stocks on Thursday on the yen's weakness as positive bank lending data out of China added to overall investor optimism.
The dollar rose to a four-year high against the yen on Wednesday, edging closer to the key 100-yen mark after release of the U.S. Federal Reserve's March meeting minutes.
Stocks soared broadly across the board to finish near session highs Wednesday, propelling the Dow and S&P 500 to new record levels, boosted by strong gains in techs.
Brent eased below $106 a barrel after U.S. crude oil stocks swelled to the highest level in more than two decades and dented the outlook for demand in the world's top consumer.
U.S. Treasurys prices slumped on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's March policy meeting fueled fears the U.S. central bank might slow or end its bond purchases by year-end.
Cyprus plans to sell 400 million euros' worth of reserves to finance part of its bailout, according to European Commission documents. The move marks the biggest euro zone bullion sale in four years.
European shares extended gains to close sharply higher on Wednesday, with investor sentiment boosted by U.S. stocks reaching record highs and a successful Italian bond auction.
It is too soon for the Federal Reserve to consider tapering or halting its asset purchases, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said on Wednesday.
Goldman Sachs downgraded its 2013 price target for gold and advised investors to short the precious metal, in a commodities report out on Wednesday.
Most of Asia closed higher on Wednesday even as tensions with North Korea escalated, while the Shanghai market was almost flat after China logged a surprise trade deficit.
The world's biggest bond fund manager Bill Gross has had a change of heart on Treasurys, raising allocations to U.S.government bonds.
As first-quarter earnings season kicks off, negative company warnings have outpaced positive revisions nearly five-to-one.
Gold rose on Tuesday as volatility in the currency market triggered by Japan's aggressive monetary easing plan lifted bullion's appeal as a hedge against inflation and currency fluctuations.
The dollar edged down from a near four-year high against the yen on Tuesday as traders booked profits on its sharp rally, but the yen's weakening trend remained intact.
Prices for longer-dated U.S. Treasurys slid on Tuesday as investors extended a selloff after last week's rally and before debt auctions later in the week.
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