Asian equities put up an upbeat performance on the final trading day of the week, following an inspiring U.S. lead overnight as investors cheered the Federal Reserve's pledge to be patient in increasing interest rates.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open following Thursday's rally, which saw the Dow industrial average climb to a three-year high.
Stocks surged on Thursday after the Fed said it would be patient in increasing rates and as oil rose.
U.S. government debt prices moved lower on Thursday, after the Federal Reserve tweaked its comments on the timing of an interest rate rise.
European shares closed sharply higher on Thursday with global sentiment boosted after the Federal Reserve said it had confidence in the economy.
Gold climbed more than 2 percent after the Federal Reserve said it would take a patient approach toward raising interest rates.
Global crude prices fell again on Thursday, a day after rallying, as traders placed new bets that the market would resume a six-month rout.
Asian equities mostly rose on Thursday, with the exception of Seoul, as investors took heart from a turn in oil prices and after the Federal Reserve said it was confident in the U.S. economy.
Stocks rose Wednesday as investors bet the Fed would continue to support the economy.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a sharply higher open on Thursday, as Wall Street cheered comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
U.S. sovereign bond prices moved lower as investors waited for the Fed's latest monetary policy meeting and hints on rate hike timing.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday, after banking stocks with a heavy exposure to Russia pared losses and energy stocks rebounded.
Gold steadied below $1,200 an ounce as traders awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting of the year.
The dollar pared gains against major currencies on Wednesday after the Fed said there remains "considerable time" before an interest rate hike.
Brent crude oil traded near $62 a barrel on Wednesday as U.S. data showed falling crude inventories, stemming deep losses brought on by a supply glut.
Asian equities largely recovered from the week's rout on Wednesday as investors look ahead to the Federal Reserve's monthly meeting.
Stocks fell after another day of gyrations tracking oil and pondering policy decisions by the Fed.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open as investors waited to see whether the oil price and market volatility will lead to a dovish Fed.
Europe closed sharply higher on Tuesday reversing earlier losses seen after the fall in the price of oil and Russia's foreign exchange rout.
U.S. oil prices rallied at midday on Tuesday, reversing earlier losses on a mix of profit-taking and positioning ahead of WTI options expiry.
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