Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday with Japan's benchmark index outperforming its peers, which traded flat despite a positive global lead.
The euro traded marginally higher against the dollar, recovering from a sharp sell-off spurred by cautious comments made by the ECB's Mario Draghi.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 rebounding after a three-session slide.
European equities closed higher after inflation data for the euro zone missed expectations and German unemployment fell.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a weak open on Wednesday, with investors cautious ahead of the Fed's latest policy minutes and ADP payrolls.
Brent crude oil was flat Monday, with U.S. oil ending at a one month low amid hints of growing supply.
Oil rose as new worries about Libyan output and fighting in Iraq helped prices rebound after five straight declines.
European equities closed mixed on Wednesday, after euro zone unemployment data for November continued to show little sign of improvement.
The dollar gained against the yen on Tuesday, buoyed by US trade deficit data that could inflate estimates for fourth-quarter growth.
Asian stocks ended mixed on Tuesday as weak U.S. economic data and caution ahead of this week's key risk events weighed on sentiment.
U.S. futures indicated a slightly higher opening for the first full week of trading in 2014.
European equities closed higher on Friday as retail stocks helped bourses to post gains, with Next seeing a rise of 10 percent.
Gold settled nearly 2 percent higher Thursday on physical buying.
U.S. Treasurys rose, with benchmark yields hovering near two-week lows, as traders brushed off a weak $30 billion auction of three-year notes.
European equities ended the day lower on Monday, despite a strong performance from Spanish stocks and positive data from the euro zone.
Gold settled modestly lower on Monday, as the dollar and equity markets fell further following mixed US data.
The dollar dipped against the euro and yen on Monday as weaker-than-expected data gauging the US services sector reflected slowing growth.
Chinese shares fell sharply on Monday after a report on the mainland's services sector, while profit-taking saw the Nikkei fall below 16,000 points.
Stocks climbed at the start on Friday, a day after Wall Street got off to its first negative open to a year since 2008.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat open on Friday, after Wall Street recorded its first negative start to a year since 2008.