Weak GDP data for the U.K. wasn't enough to stop European shares rising on Friday as Germany's DAX Index reached a level not seen since January 2008 after business climate data was released.
U.S. stock index futures were higher Friday, a day after the S&P 500 logged its seventh-straight rally, following a batch up upbeat earnings reports and ahead of a key housing report.
Asian shares ended mixed on Friday, dragged lower by a drop in regional technology stocks, although gains in Australia and Japan contained overall losses for equities.
The slowdown in the global economy last year, prompted warnings over the death of the commodities super-cycle, but the flood of government stimulus unveiled in the recent months will prolong the bull run, says one expert.
Japan's new government certainly isn't mincing its words about wanting a weaker yen. But Tokyo can now expect to face increased resistance overseas to any efforts to engineer a weaker currency, analysts warn.
Wall Street's bull could take another run at the psychologically important 1,500 level as early as Friday, but that's a level that could also trigger a pause, analysts say.
The yen tumbled 2 percent against the dollar to hit a 2 1/2-year low on Thursday after a Japanese official said the government has no problem with the dollar hitting 100 yen.
U.S. Treasury debt prices slipped on Thursday after data showed first-time filings for weekly jobless benefits fell to a five-year low, raising hopes of an improving U.S. labor market and paring safe-haven bets on government debt.
Gold fell to a one-week low after a repeated failure to break above a key chart level hurt investors' confidence in the metal.
Oil prices rose, buoyed by strong economic data from China, the eurozone and the United States, with U.S. crude prices getting an extra boost from expectations the vital Seaway pipeline could resume full capacity operation within a week.
Even as Apple crashes and burns, the market is protected by a firewall of factors that could help stocks break through to new highs.
Asian shares were mixed on Thursday after manufacturing data from China confirmed a recovery was on track, easing nervousness caused by a sharp drop in Apple shares.
The yen was little changed against the dollar on Wednesday one day after a sharp rally, and traders appeared ready to resume selling the yen.
Gold dropped, retreating from the previous session's one-month high, as signs of an improving global economy capped investor interest in safe-haven investments.
Oil declined on reports that the amount of oil moving through a key pipeline to the Gulf Coast had been cut in half.
U.S. Treasurys prices edged up on Wednesday after a vote by the House of Representatives to extend the borrowing authority under the federal debt limit to May, and as some investors worried that growth is likely to remain tepid.
European shares inched higher on Wednesday, with a key index moving back towards a near two-year high hit recently.
U.S. stock index futures were flat Wednesday as investors digested a batch of corporate earnings results and following the recent rally that took major averages to their best levels in more than five years.
One of the big investment shifts of our day may be at hand - regardless of how global markets actually perform this year.
The yen pushed higher against the euro and dollar on Wednesday, extending gains from the previous day, when monetary easing from Bank of Japan fell short of some expectations for faster, more aggressive action.
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