European shares closed higher on Friday, as growth data from the U.K. pushed the FTSE 100 higher.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a flat to higher open on Friday a day after trading in Nasdaq securities was halted for more than three hours.
Asian stocks closed mostly higher on Friday, tracking gains in global equity markets as upbeat manufacturing data offset fears about a reduction in U.S. monetary stimulus but Chinese shares bucked the trend ahead of earnings results next week.
The dollar rose for a second straight session on Thursday, tracking gains in U.S. Treasury yields, as the Federal Reserve's minutes of its July meeting cemented market expectations for tapering in September.
The Treasury Department announced Thursday that it would sell $34 billion in two-year notes in August, a $1 billion reduction from July.
Crude oil prices rose on Thursday, as data from the United States, China and the euro zone boosted hopes that energy demand would improve.
Gold rose on Thursday as bullish Chinese manufacturing data boosted the nation's inflation-hedge appeal.
European shares closed higher on Thursday, rebounding after several days of losses, as upbeat data from Europe and China offset negative sentiment in global markets on Fed "tapering" fears
U.S. stock index futures signaled a slightly higher open on Thursday, as traders digested the latest weekly jobless claims data and some upbeat manufacturing data out of China and the euro zone.
Asian stocks tracked declines in global equity markets on Thursday on fears over a looming withdrawal of U.S. stimulus but a better-than-expected manufacturing report in the mainland helped pare earlier losses.
The dollar gained across the board on Wednesday after minutes of the Federal Reserve's meeting in July suggested that the U.S. central bank was still on track to taper its asset-buying program next month.
U.S. Treasurys yields jumped on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve released minutes of its July meeting, which offered few new clues on when the central bank is likely to pare back its bond purchase program.
Global oil prices slipped on Wednesday, with losses in U.S. crude widening the trans-Atlantic spread for a second day, amid signs that Libyan exports might resume and indications that oil was flowing into the depleted Cushing storage hub.
European shares closed down on Wednesday, as investors looked ahead to the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's July policy meeting.
U.S. stock index futures were lower on Wednesday ahead of the release of the July minutes from the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting.
Asian shares traded mixed on Wednesday, following heavy losses in many world stock exchanges a day earlier.
The dollar fell on Tuesday, hitting a six-month low against the euro and a two-month trough against the Swiss franc, as U.S. Treasury yields retreated and the timing of the Federal Reserve's stimulus reduction remained uncertain.
U.S. crude oil futures fell sharply on Tuesday as traders sold to close out positions ahead of the front-month contract's expiration and in reaction to news the Seaway pipeline had shut down halting shipments from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.
European shares closed broadly lower on Tuesday amid continuing concerns over a potential reduction in asset buying by the U.S. central bank.
U.S. stock index futures edged higher Tuesday, after the Dow and S&P 500 logged their first four-day losing streaks this year, but ongoing anxiety about a possible imminent scaling back of the Federal Reserve's massive stimulus program roiled markets worldwide.
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