European shares closed higher, as investors digested the raft of stimulus measures announced by the ECB.
Gold logged it biggest one day gain in about three weeks on Thursday after the ECB cut interest rates to record lows.
Crude was buoyed by optimism that monetary stimulus in the euro zone, and demand in the U.S., will lift economic growth and demand.
Asian equities closed mixed in choppy trading Thursday, as traders braced for a highly-anticipated European Central Bank meeting.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Thursday, ahead of the ECB's interest rate announcement and news conference.
Stocks rose on Wednesday after a measure of the U.S. services sector climbed more than expected.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday after the release of business activity data for the euro zone showed a small downtick for last month.
Gold ended higher for the first time in six days on Tuesday as stock markets beat a retreat after a series of record highs on Wall Street.
Gold settled modestly lower on Wednesday as investors remained cautious ahead of a European Central Bank meeting and a payrolls report.
Asian equities were mixed on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to key risk events this week.
The euro languished near four-month lows after the European Central Bank's loosened monetary policy.
Stocks closed narrowly mixed on the first trading day of June, but the Dow and S&P 500 squeezed out gains to finish at fresh highs.
Stocks eased off their lows but still closed in the red in lackluster trading Tuesday a day after the Dow and S&P 500 hit fresh highs.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a lower open as caution sets in ahead of this week's key risk events.
Treasurys yields rose to their highest in three weeks as investors reset bets that yields are likely to climb after they fell to 11-month lows.
European shares closed lower on Tuesday after weak euro zone inflation data reinforced caution ahead of this week's ECB policy meeting.
Gold fell to its lowest in nearly four months on Friday and was on track for its biggest weekly decline in two months.
U.S. crude ended marginally higher on Tuesday, as economic data from the United States and China provided support to prices.
The dollar rose, getting a lift from fatter Treasury yields and investor anxieties about policy shifts from the ECB.
Asian stocks finished mixed on Tuesday following key Chinese economic data and monetary policy decisions in Australia and India.
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