European shares closed lower on Thursday, as investors shunned riskier assets due to a resurgence in concerns about Russia and sanctioning.
Gold steadied near 3-1/2-month highs as stock markets recovered from a selloff, with the metal still on track for a sixth week of gains.
Gold ended higher on Thursday on heightened geopolitical tensions and news of more US sanctions against Russia.
U.S. crude oil jumped by nearly $2 Thursday after a Malaysian airliner crashed over eastern Ukraine.
Asian equities ended mostly lower on Thursday as profit-taking offset a record close on Wall Street overnight.
Stocks climbed on Wednesday, with investor sentiment lifted by corporate earnings, deals and better-than-expected data on growth in China.
U.S. stock index futures traded lower on Thursday, after the announcement of fresh sanctions against Russia hurt global markets.
Stocks fell Tuesday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the central bank could hike rates sooner than expected.
European stocks ended the day lower with peripheral stocks leading the declines, as Portugal's PSI 20 Index fell over 4 percent.
U.S. Treasury prices rose as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen responded to questions after her speech before the House of Representatives.
European shares extended gains to close higher on Wednesday, as investors reacted to fresh growth data from China.
Gold settled higher, but it was still near four week lows on fears that the Federal Reserve could hike U.S. interest rates sooner than expected.
The yen hit a five-month high against the euro on renewed safe-haven inflows as the West imposed further sanctions against Russia.
U.S. oil prices extended gains to over a dollar, hitting more than $101 a barrel as data showed U.S. oil stocks fell sharply last week.
Asian stocks were mixed in choppy trade on Wednesday despite better-than-expected growth data from China.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street ahead of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's second day of testimony.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Tuesday, ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony before Congress.
Treasurys whipsawed after congressional testimony from Fed Chair Janet Yellen indicated concern over 'substantially stretched' asset prices.
European shares ended the day lower, with comments from U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen hitting sentiment.
Gold settled below $1,300 an ounce, as the dollar rose and bullion investors focused on a Fed monetary policy report.
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