Gold settled a bit on Wednesday after weak U.S. data cast doubts over the pace of the economic recovery.
The euro added half a cent after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged.
Asian shares mostly saw subdued trade on Thursday, ahead of Friday's U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.
Stocks were near flat Wednesday after the private sector added fewer-than-forecast jobs last month.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, as markets gear up for the all-important NFP jobs report.
U.S. Treasury bonds pared early losses, as another weak reading on the U.S. labor market sparked some flight to quality buying.
European stocks closed lower on Wednesday, with investors responding to talks between the U.S. and Russia on Ukraine.
Asian equities recovered modestly on Tuesday, from an acute selloff seen in the previous session fueled by brewing instability in Ukraine.
Crude fell for the second straight session, as fear eased that Russia's incursion into Ukraine could lead to all out war.
Asian stocks were mostly higher Wednesday, boosted by overnight gains on Wall Street and unveiling of China's official 2014 GDP growth target.
Stocks jumped on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 bouncing back after their worst hit in a month.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Wednesday.
U.S. bonds fell on Tuesday, as investors' "safe-haven" bid waned, due to signs of progress in resolving the political turmoil in Ukraine.
European stocks closed higher on Tuesday, after Vladimir Putin stated that any use of force in Ukraine would be a last resort.
Few bright sparks could be found in dour Asian stock markets on Monday.
Oil prices fell sharply on news that raised hopes that tensions in Ukraine's crisis were ebbing slightly.
Gold prices fell 1 percent on Tuesday, retreating from the previous day's four-month high.
U.S. stocks declined on Monday on worries about Russian intervention in the Ukraine.
The yen extended its losses against the dollar and euro as concerns over the standoff between Russia and Ukraine eased somewhat.
Despite the ongoing turmoil in Ukraine, Wall Street looked set to rebound on Tuesday, following the worst day for markets in a month.
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