Asian stocks ended mostly higher on Thursday on upbeat Chinese data and the Federal Reserve's reassurance that rates would not rise anytime soon.
Gold touched the psychologically important $1,300-an-ounce level as the dollar and equity markets slipped.
Stock futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with initial jobless claims rising last week.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open, despite ongoing concerns about weak earnings and global central bank policy.
U.S. Treasury bonds fell back on Wednesday after minutes from the latest FOMC meeting and a speech from Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
European shares closed slightly up on Wednesday, after wavering throughout the day, as investors looked towards central bank policy.
European shares closed slightly down on Tuesday, as investors continue to consider stock valuations and the possibility of policy action from the ECB.
Brent crude oil rose on Friday after a recovery in Libyan oil supply proved short-lived, and as tension simmered over Ukraine.
U.S. oil rose nearly $2 a barrel after the government reported a large draw in commercial crude stocks.
Asian equities ended mixed Wednesday following a Bank of Japan monetary policy decision and as traders focused on political developments in Thailand.
Stocks fell Tuesday after quarterly earnings from Home Depot and Staples.
U.S. stock index futures traded lower on Monday as global stocks continued to fall.
The Federal Reserve released minutes from its last meeting, where it discussed the procedures for hiking interest rates.
Bonds traded flat on Tuesday as recent short-covering stalled, though declines in Wall St stocks drove some safe-haven support and capped losses.
Gold settled modestly higher as the dollar rose and an industry report showed gold demand in major consumers China and India fell.
The Australian dollar fell more than half a percent, on a slide in prices of iron ore, one of the country's biggest exports.
U.S. stock index futures moved between small gains and losses Tuesday, ahead of several retail first-quarter earnings reports.
Stocks finished in positive territory after hovering around the flatline for much of the session Monday, as investors remained cautious amid recent mixed economic reports.
Asian equities fell on Friday following a selloff in global markets, but Indian shares outperformed the region.
Treasurys dropped on profit-taking and on reduced bids from European traders following the close of European markets.
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