Crude ended September with its first monthly decline since May, as a looming U.S. government shutdown clouded the outlook for demand.
Gold fell on Monday amid worries about a US government shutdown. It's is headed for its best quarter in a year but the overall outlook is weak.
The euro hit a five month low versus the Swiss franc on Monday as political tensions in Italy escalated, while investors shunned the dollar ahead of a government shutdown.
Asian stocks experienced a broad sell-off on Monday over weak Chinese factory data and worries about a shutdown of the U.S. government.
Stocks finished in the red Friday, with major averages closing lower for the first week in three, as mounting concerns of a potential government shutdown spooked Wall Street.
U.S. Treasurys prices rose on Friday, driven by safe-haven demand on concerns about a possible U.S. government shutdown.
European shares closed down on Friday, as a growing political crisis in Italy weighed on sentiment, combined with continual U.S. debt worries.
Brent crude oil fell in volatile trading on Friday, on track for its third straight weekly loss as diplomatic strides drained geopolitical risk premium from the markets.
Gold settled more than 1 percent higher on Friday as wrangling over the U.S. budget stoked buying interest.
A broadly weaker dollar hit a 7-1/2 month low against the safe-haven Swiss franc, hurt by wrangling over the U.S. budget and a lack of clarity over the Federal Reserve's stimulus.
Asian equities ended the week mostly higher but trade was rangebound due to worries over a U.S. government shutdown.
Stocks closed modestly higher in choppy trading Thursday, with major averages avoiding a six-day losing streak, as investors digested the latest batch of economic news and developments in Washington.
U.S. Treasurys prices extended losses after the auction on Thursday.
European shares closed mixed on Thursday, as political uncertainty in Italy weighed against positive U.S. data, which ended five days of losses on Wall Street.
Oil prices gained on Thursday as traders sought bargains after sharp losses earlier this month.
Gold settled under $1,325 on Thursday, as the dollar held firm after weekly jobless claims data showed an improving U.S. labor market.
The dollar posted slim gains against a basket of currencies on Thursday, but remained weighed by the ongoing U.S. budget impasse.
Japan's benchmark index staged a dramatic turnaround on Thursday to outperform Asian equity markets but sentiment remained cautious ahead of of next week's U.S. budget vote.
Stocks ended lower Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P closing in the red for the fifth-straight day, as jitters over budget talks in Washington continued to weigh on markets.
The U.S. Treasury's auction of $35 billion of 5-year bonds helped underpin Treasurys prices.
European shares were flat on Friday as talks over the "fiscal cliff" stalled.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday for a third consecutive session, with resurging worries about the global economic outlook undermining investor sentiment.
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