U.S. stock index futures traded lower on Wednesday, with investors cautious ahead of the FOMC conference and the first estimate of Q1 growth.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday as a slew of corporate earnings boosted stocks.
Yields fell on Wednesday in choppy trading after data showed the world's largest economy grew much more weakly than expected in the first quarter.
Gold dropped as investors nervously awaited the Fed's policy statement, with political tensions in Ukraine failing to prompt heavy safe-haven bids.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday in a quiet session with several markets shut for the 'May 1' public holiday.
Crude weakened broadly as U.S. inventories surged to their highest level ever.
U.S. bonds fell back slightly on Monday, having already factored in the declining situation in Ukraine.
Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as investors concentrated on central bank policy decisions in Japan and the U.S.
Stocks finished higher Tuesday, with the Dow approaching a record high, as investors cheered a round of better-than-expected quarterly earnings and largely shrugged off worries over Ukraine.
Crude rebounded on Tuesday, lifted by renewed geopolitical concerns.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Monday with Japanese and Shanghai shares underperforming amid rising geopolitical tensions over Ukraine.
The euro traded at multi-week highs against the yen early on Tuesday and held firm against the dollar after a strong performance overnight.
Stocks fell on Friday as investors watched escalating tension in Ukraine.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open, ahead of first quarter earnings from companies including Twitter and eBay.
European shares closed higher Monday, boosted by mergers and acquisitions activity.
U.S. bonds fell on Tuesday, with investors moving into riskier assets after strong economic data during the previous session.
Oil shrugged off a barrage of threats over the crisis in Ukraine, slipping ahead of the weekend on profit taking and healthy supplies in N. America.
Gold prices ended below $1,300 an ounce on Monday, but were underpinned by concerns that tensions in Ukraine could escalate.
U.S. oil ended higher while Brent crude was hammered below $109, amid signs that Libya may soon reopen a small oil port.
The Treasury auctioned $29 billion in seven-year notes at a high yield of 2.317 percent. The bid-to-cover ratio was 2.60, vs a recent average of 2.55.
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