European shares turned lower in a choppy day of trade on Monday, as uncertainty over the formation of a coalition government in Germany weighed on markets.
Crude oil fell below $109 a barrel on Monday as higher output from Iraq and a possible thaw in U.S.-Iran relations weighed on prices.
Gold settled under $1,330 on Monday as confusion over the outlook for U.S. monetary policy dragged on.
The euro rose on Monday after German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a third term in office and German, French and euro zone private sector surveys came in better than expected.
Asian equities were mixed on Monday as investors digested a better-than-expected report of Chinese factory activity, but volumes were thin with Japan shut for a public holiday.
Stocks sold off sharply Friday, with the Dow erasing all of its gains since the Fed's announcement, as uncertainty over the central bank's bond-buying program spooked Wall Street.
Treasurys prices rose on Friday as investors adjusted to the idea that the Federal Reserve was unlikely to tighten monetary policy this year.
European shares fell lower on Friday, mirroring the negative sentiment in the U.S., after St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said the U.S. central bank could taper its $85-billion-a-month bond-buying program during its October meeting.
Crude was headed for its second weekly decline, after a week of diplomatic progress in Syria and Iran drained some geopolitical risk premium from the market.
Gold settled lower on Friday, paring the rally it made after the Fed's surprise decision this week to maintain monetary stimulus.
The dollar on Friday edged up, helped by comments from Fed officials suggesting a reduction in stimulus could be closer than many thought.
Indian equities led the rest of Asia lower on the final trading day of the week after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) unexpectedly raised its policy interest rate.
Stocks closed near session lows Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 easing off their all-time highs, as investors largely shrugged off a batch of upbeat economic reports and a day after the Federal Reserve surprised global markets by maintaining its bond-buying program.
European shares pared gains but closed higher on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve surprised markets by opting to maintain its $85 billion-per-month asset purchases.
Brent oil oil dipped on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Iran's president, helping unwind a risk premium.
Gold settled higher and hit one-week highs on Thursday after the Federal Reserve chose not to cut back on its asset-buying program for now.
The dollar recovered Thursday after Wednesday's losses following the Fed's decision to keep the stimulus intact, but its prospects remained bleak.
Asian equity markets enjoyed a risk-on rally on Thursday after the Federal Reserve defied expectations by keeping its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program intact.
Stocks ripped higher to close near their best levels Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 setting fresh highs, after the Federal Reserve surprised Wall Street by keeping its $85 billion-a-month bond-buying program intact.
Yields dropped on Wednesday to their lowest in over a month after the Federal Reserve said it would maintain its bond purchases.
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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Asian shares dipped on Tuesday following losses on Wall Street after U.S. manufacturing activity hit a three-year low in November.
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