The world's biggest bond fund manager Bill Gross has had a change of heart on Treasurys, raising allocations to U.S.government bonds.
European shares extended gains to close sharply higher on Wednesday, with investor sentiment boosted by U.S. stocks reaching record highs and a successful Italian bond auction.
It is too soon for the Federal Reserve to consider tapering or halting its asset purchases, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said on Wednesday.
Cyprus plans to sell 400 million euros' worth of reserves to finance part of its bailout, according to European Commission documents. The move marks the biggest euro zone bullion sale in four years.
Goldman Sachs downgraded its 2013 price target for gold and advised investors to short the precious metal, in a commodities report out on Wednesday.
Brent eased below $106 a barrel after U.S. crude oil stocks swelled to the highest level in more than two decades and dented the outlook for demand in the world's top consumer.
The dollar rose to a four-year high against the yen on Wednesday, edging closer to the key 100-yen mark after release of the U.S. Federal Reserve's March meeting minutes.
Most of Asia closed higher on Wednesday even as tensions with North Korea escalated, while the Shanghai market was almost flat after China logged a surprise trade deficit.
With earnings season a potential negative for stocks, traders are even more vigilant than usual for news on the direction of the economy.
U.S. stock index futures edged higher Tuesday, lifted by upbeat economic data from Europe and China and following Alcoa's earnings report.
Prices for longer-dated U.S. Treasurys slid on Tuesday as investors extended a selloff after last week's rally and before debt auctions later in the week.
European shares closed mixed on Tuesday, with upward momentum coming from the basic resources sector as benign Chinese inflation data raised hopes of further monetary easing by Beijing.
Crude oil reversed early losses on Tuesday, after the Energy Information Agency raised its price forecast for Brent, which overwhelmed earlier concerns about faltering global growth.
Gold rose on Tuesday as volatility in the currency market triggered by Japan's aggressive monetary easing plan lifted bullion's appeal as a hedge against inflation and currency fluctuations.
The dollar edged down from a near four-year high against the yen on Tuesday as traders booked profits on its sharp rally, but the yen's weakening trend remained intact.
It's a long stretch to set this as a target, but any sustained breakout above 102 has 111 as the next target, says this chartist.
Asian stock markets traded higher on Tuesday with Japanese stocks hitting near five-year highs as investors shifted their focus to the first quarter earnings season that is expected to show modest growth.
U.S. government debt prices were lower on Monday as investors booked profits after last week's rally and dealers prepared for this week's auctions of $66 billion in longer-dated Treasury debt.
Oil prices edged higher, lifted by gains in gasoline futures and strong selling of the spread between Brent crude and U.S. crude.
Gold fell on Monday as a stronger performance in U.S. equities and a dollar rise prompted investors to take profits after its rally in the previous session.
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.
Standard & Poor's decision to cut Spain's credit rating to one notch above junk status is weighing on markets.