European equities closed higher on Friday as improving U.S. economic data heightened investor confidence about the state of the global economy.
The dollar edged lower after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed will maintain its ultra-easy policy for as long as needed.
European equities were mixed on Thursday as investors reacted to worse-than-expected data for the euro zone.
Brent edged higher amid dwindling expectations of an imminent breakthrough with Iran, but U.S. prices sank in choppy trade.
Gold eyed its sharpest weekly drop in more than two months as strong data and Fed taper talk sent the metal to its lowest since early July.
Asian shares were mostly higher on Friday but were off session highs by the afternoon after upbeat U.S. economic data spurred a strong risk-on rally.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Wall Street on Friday.
U.S. stocks rise on Thursday, with the S&P 500 halting a three-session losing run.
U.S. stock-index futures maintained Thursday gains.
U.S. stock index futures turned lower as Asian and European stocks mirrored the U.S.'s losses from the previous session.
Crude rose by more than $1 per barrel on Thursday, boosted by positive U.S. economic data and surging gasoline prices.
The dollar jumped to its highest in more than four months against the yen on Thursday.
U.S. stocks tallied modest declines on Tuesday as investors wait to hear from the Federal Reserve in weighing central-bank monetary moves ahead.
Asian shares were mostly lower on Wednesday as a negative handover from Wall Street overshadowed remarks from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Gold settled lower in the wake of constructive US jobless data, and hurt by fears the Fed might scale back its stimulus program.
Japanese shares outperformed on Thursday thanks to a weak yen while the rest of Asia fell on U.S. tapering fears.
U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting.
Gold tumbled as minutes of the Federal Reserve hinted that an unwinding of its bond-buying could come "within the coming months."
European equities closed lower on Tuesday, with markets still cautious about when the U.S. Federal Reserve might scale back its stimulus program and disappointing corporate results weighing on Wall Street.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open after optimistic remarks from outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.