The yen rose against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday, rebounding from losses as falling stock markets worldwide prompted safe-haven demand for the Japanese currency.
Gold pared earlier losses after US economic data but stayed close to a 5-month low on uncertainty over when the Fed will exit its stimulus.
U.S. crude oil futures rose more than $1 on Wednesday as government data showed an unexpected draw in stockpiles.
The euro rose to a five-week high against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank left a key interest rate unchanged and its president Mario Draghi downplayed deflation risks.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Wednesday with Japan leading losses on profit-taking while Chinese shares rallied on news of financial reforms.
U.S. stocks pulled lower on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average extending losses into a third session.
U.S. Treasurys prices edged up on Tuesday on a light day of data before Friday's employment report for November.
European equities closed sharply lower on Tuesday after disappointing data from the euro zone and increased concerns about tapering.
European equities closed lower as Spanish shares sunk on disappointing data, while retailers struggled on the first day of December trade.
Gold settled lower and near a five-month low as strong U.S. economic data stoked fears of an early end to the Federal Reserve's stimulus.
U.S. oil futures rose to a four-week high on Tuesday, on expectations of the start up of a pipeline from Cushing.
Mainland shares pared losses on Monday following a volatile session that saw it drop 1.6 percent on fears over reforms in the IPO market.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a tepid Wall Street open on Tuesday, as caution set in ahead of Friday's non-farm payrolls jobs report.
Japan's Nikkei rose to a new six-month peak on Tuesday thanks to supportive comments from the Bank of Japan.
U.S. stocks fall.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat-to-lower open on Monday, ahead of a bumper week of data culminating in Friday's non-farm payrolls.
Crude was mixed, but Brent was set for its biggest monthly gain since August, as unrest in Libya kept supply disruptions in focus.
Gold settled more than 2 percent lower on Monday after better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data prompted bearish bets on bullion.
Crude jumped by more than $1 a barrel on Monday in reaction to strong manufacturing data from both China and the United States.
The dollar climbed to a more than six-month high against the yen on Monday on speculation the Bank of Japan may expand its already massive economic stimulus.