U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Thursday, ahead of the monthly non-farm payrolls jobs report.
European markets ended the day higher, after the ECB held fire and the widely-watched U.S. non-farm payrolls came in stronger than expected.
Brent crude settled below $111 a barrel, losing more than 2 percent this week.
Crude oil dropped as supply fears began to ease after Libya declared an end to an oil crisis that has slashed exports.
The dollar struggled to make more headway after a jump in U.S. job creation left stock markets in optimistic mood.
Stocks rose on Thursday, lifting the Dow industrials above 17,000, after the June jobs report.
Asian equities ended mixed on Friday following a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.
U.S. Treasury bonds rose and the yield curve steepened on Wednesday after a big jump in private payrolls.
Crude oil fell amid encouraging signs for supply from Libya and Iraq, with prices headed toward the lowest close in nearly 3 weeks.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, which will be a busy day for business activity indicators.
Gold ended lower, halting a four-session win-streak, as the dollar extended earlier gains after U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose more than expected in June.
The dollar was broadly bid on Thursday by a stronger-than-expected U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for June.
Treasurys yields rose after traders reconsidered recent bullish bets on bonds on nervousness ahead of Thursday's closely watched US jobs report.
Asian equity markets turned mixed on Thursday in cautious trade before key U.S. economic data and a European Central Bank meeting.
Gold ended higher for a fourth straight session on Wednesday ahead of the release of the closely watched June payrolls report on Thursday.
The report boded well for Thursday's U.S. nonfarm payrolls report, and provided a boost to the dollar.
Asian equity markets ended Wednesday trade with gains following upbeat U.S. economic data overnight.
U.S. stocks jumped on Tuesday, with the Dow rising to within two points of 17,000.
U.S. Treasury prices edged higher as the markets erased their losses after mixed economic data.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Wednesday as the Dow and S&P 500 pushed into uncharted territory ahead of a government jobs report.
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