The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen reiterated an accommodative monetary policy stance.
Brent crude futures turned lower after Russia said top diplomats have agreed to take immediate steps toward calming tensions in Ukraine.
Gold ended lower as the dollar gained and accommodative Fed policy counterbalanced worries over the strength of Chinese demand.
European shares closed higher on Thursday, as investors focused on Wall Street earnings and the latest U.S. jobs data.
U.S. bonds held modest losses on Thursday, as dovish remarks from Janet Yellen and rising demand for stocks softened demand.
Stocks wavered between gains and losses on Thursday amid a slew of quarterly earnings.
The yen slipped to 10-day lows against the dollar on Friday following upbeat U.S. economic data and hopes for an end to violence in Ukraine.
A record Japanese trade deficit in the fiscal year fueled the dollar's rise against the yen, but tensions in Ukraine were likely to limit losses.
US markets were poised for a higher open with results from Netflix and Kimberly-Clark and an anticipated Alibaba prospectus in focus.
Asian stocks ended mixed on Wednesday in a choppy session with activity subdued ahead of Friday's Easter holidays.
Asian shares fell on Monday with the absence of a lead from Wall Street last week due to the Easter holidays.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open, with multiple big names reporting earnings before Wall Street opens.
US stocks rose Wednesday after better-than-expected earnings from Yahoo.
U.S. bonds fell back on Wednesday, as the previous session's stock market rally caused investors' bid for "safe-haven" assets to wane.
European shares closed lower on Tuesday, as Ukraine worries and fears about slowing demand in China weighed on stocks.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday, as better-than-expected Chinese growth data and a slew of earnings releases buoyed sentiment.
Gold was underpinned by escalating tensions in Ukraine but still under pressure from a concerns over a slowdown in Chinese demand.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday in quiet trade with many regional markets shut for the Easter holidays, except for Japan, China and South Korea.
Crude lost early gains, as a combination of slower Chinese growth figures and a surprise surge in U.S. crude inventories tamed the rally.
The yen fell against the dollar and the euro on Wednesday, on pension fund comments by Japan's finance minister.
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