European equities seesawed before finishing higher on Friday, but looked to close out the trading month with gains of over 6 percent.
The dollar index ended stayed on track for a record eighth month of gains on improving data and comments from Fed officials.
Crude oil futures rebounded and Brent headed for its first monthly gain since July, helped by strong investor inflows.
Gold touched its highest level in nearly two weeks earlier, after an interest rate cut in Beijing lifted demand in China.
Asian equitiess were mixed on Friday, following an uninspiring lead from Wall Street, but Japanese stocks managed to overlook a mixed bag of economic data to settle at a new 15-year high.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat to slightly higher open on Wall Street as investors reacted to overseas markets and a rate cut in China.
U.S. stocks closed narrowly mixed, with stocks near recent highs, as lackluster economic data and oil concerns weighed on investor sentiment.
European equities rallied on Thursday, closing nearly 1 percent higher as investors reacted to a raft of corporate earnings and fresh economic data.
The dollar rose to a one-month high as data on U.S. inflation and business orders and Fed officials' remarks.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open after a second reading of U.S. fourth-quarter GDP showed slower growth than the initial report.
Crude oil futures fell on Thursday, as bulging U.S. crude stockpiles offset indications of a recovery in demand.
Gold rose 1 percent after comments from the Fed pushed back expectations for the first U.S. rate hike in nearly a decade.
Japanese shares outperformed the region by clinching a new multi-year high, as the rest of Asia traded mixed on Thursday.
U.S. stocks closed narrowly mixed amid firming oil prices, moderate housing data and some debate over Yellen's congressional testimony.
Europe ended lower on Wednesday as investors focused on corporate earnings and U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech to Congress.
The dollar edged down after Fed Chair Janet Yellen held back from giving a clear view on when the Fed may begin raising interest rates.
Oil futures climbed on Wednesday even as data showed inventories of U.S. crude increased.
U.S. futures trimmed gains on mostly weak U.S. data but still signaled a mildly higher open as investors welcomed comments from Yellen's speech.
Gold rose, recovering from the previous day's seven-week lows, after comments from Janet Yellen suggested no rush to raising interest rates.
Asian equities turned mixed amid choppy trade on Wednesday after China's manufacturing sector surprised markets with growth for the first time in three months.
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