The safe-haven dollar and yen fell after Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen lifted investor appetite for riskier assets by defending the central bank's stimulus measures.
Asian shares followed their Wall Street peers lower as talk about a scaling back of the Federal Reserve's monetary stimulus weighed on sentiment.
U.S. stocks declined on Tuesday after a two-session rise, with Wall Street falling to session lows after being reminded that the Federal Reserve could reduce stimulus before the end of the year.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street on Thursday following dovish remarks from U.S. Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen.
U.S. stocks turned higher on Wednesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 positioned for record finishes, after upbeat earnings from retailing giant Macy's helped foster optimism about holiday shopping.
European equities closed down on Tuesday, as weak corporate results halted a recent rally.
Oil climbed more than $1 per barrel, as support from Libyan supply outages offset forecasts for increases in U.S. stockpiles.
Oil prices rose on Monday after Iran and six world powers failed to reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear program.
The dollar eased on Wednesday but still clung near a two-month high against the yen, supported by speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve is on course to start reducing its stimulus as early as December.
Gold futures settled lower after Fed officials gave mixed signals on the timing for rolling back monetary stimulus.
Gold hit a 3-1/2 week low on Tuesday, as expectations increased that the Fed will soon scale back monetary stimulus.
U.S. stock index futures turned lower and interest rates spiked after the government reported a brighter-than-expected report on the labor market.
The dollar rose broadly, hitting a one-month peak against the yen on Tuesday on higher U.S. bond yields.
Asian shares rose on Tuesday following another record close on Wall Street, with focus turning to the last day of China's policy meeting.
U.S. stocks climbed on Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average extending its record rise, as Wall Street looked to earnings reports this week from retailers including Wal-Mart Stores and Macy's to get a read on consumer spending.
European equities closed higher following a brief sell-off last week over concerns of the early reduction in the Fed's stimulus program.
Asian equities ended Monday mixed with emerging markets leading declines as attention turned to the Federal Reserve's stimulus program.
Bond prices fell as investors made room for this week's debt supply in the aftermath of a surprisingly strong data.
U.S. oil futures fell more than $2 a barrel amid speculation the Fed may ease up on its monetary stimulus.
European equities closed flat on Thursday, despite initially rallying after the ECB cut its main interest rate.
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