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.
U.S. stocks on Friday tallied a third month of gains.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to further Wall Street gains on Friday, as markets reopened after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Treasury prices dipped slightly on Friday in subdued trading, with investors looking ahead to key data next week.
The yen clawed back lost ground against the euro and dollar in Asia on Thursday after touching fresh lows against both, on track for one of its worst monthly performance this year.
U.S. stocks climb.
Gold settled higher, but suffered its biggest monthly drop in five months.
The euro traded near a five-year peak against the yen and a one-month high against the dollar.
European stock markets closed narrowly higher on Friday.
Asian equity markets were mostly lower on Friday as investors engaged in profit-taking in the absence of a lead from Wall Street.
European equities closed higher on Thursday on euro zone data and a positive handover from Wall Street boosting investor sentiment.
Brent futures held above $111 a barrel on Thursday on worries that supply from OPEC member Libya will continue to be disrupted as winter oil demand increases, but a bigger-than-expected rise in US crude stocks kept the gains in check.
Gold snapped a two-day decline on Thursday but gains were kept in check fears of an early winding-down of the Fed's stimulus.