Bonds pared some gains on Wednesday after the U.S. government's auction of 10-year Treasury notes, the second of three debt auctions this week.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday, having failed to find any real momentum during the session.
Gold settled higher as palladium prices hovered near their highest level since early 2001, benefiting from a five-month strike in South Africa.
Gold settled higher on Tuesday as palladium jumped to its highest level in nearly 3-1/2 years.
Brent oil futures rose toward $110 a barrel as violence in Iraq prompted worries about supply, while U.S. crude struggled to make gains.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday, after the World Bank downgraded its global growth outlook.
Asian stocks were lower on Thursday amid concerns about global growth and escalating violence in Iraq.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Wednesday with momentum subdued following a lackluster session on Wall Street.
US stocks mostly fell on Tuesday morning after closing at record highs.
The Treasury auctioned $28 billion in three-year notes at a high yield of 0.930 percent. The bid-to-cover ratio, an indicator of demand, was 3.41.
European shares closed mixed on Tuesday, after the German benchmark DAX hit an all-time high.
Brent turned slightly higher and U.S. oil settled lower, as the euro and dollar reacted to the European Central Bank's rate cut.
Crude pared gains, shrugging off some positive signals as traders took profits following strong gains on Monday.
The dollar extended gains against the euro, amid expectations that the Federal Reserve could raise rates sooner than expected.
Stocks extended a record climb on Friday after the May jobs report.
Asia stocks ended mostly higher on Tuesday following a pick up in Chinese consumer inflation, but Japanese shares fell on profit-taking.
U.S. stocks tallied slight gains on Monday, with benchmark indexes again closing at records.
Prices for Treasurys fell, pressured by sale of new coupon-bearing government debt this week and a greater risk appetite after a strong jobs report.
European shares started the week on a positive note, closing higher, as U.S. stocks advanced near record high territory.
Crude rose as strong Chinese and U.S. data pointed to healthy economic growth and higher demand for oil from the world's top two consumers.
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