European shares closed lower on Thursday as investors reacted to worse-than-expected data from the euro zone.
U.S. crude settled up $1 at $75.88 per barrell on Thursday as strong U.S. economic data bolstered crude markets.
Gold rose as the previous day's 1 percent drop lured price-sensitive buyers, though gains were limited.
The US dollar has recovered from session lows of 117.75 yen, while the euro fell slightly from around $1.255 to $1.245.
Asian equity markets were mixed, as traders reacted to key economic data from Japan and China. Declining commodity prices also weighed on resource-heavy bourses in the region.
European shares closed flat to lower on Wednesday as investors awaited the minutes from the last Federal Reserve policy meeting.
U.S. stocks were setting up for a sharply higher open on Friday, following the first rate cut by China's central bank in more than two years.
Contracts for U.S. crude pared earlier losses to settle at $74.50 as Libya fueled hopes of that OPEC would cut oil production.
Gold tumbled on Wednesday as traders awaited Federal Reserve minutes later in the day and an opinion poll ahead of next week's Swiss gold referendum.
The US dollar was slightly weaker against the euro and the yen after the Federal Reserve released the minutes of last month's meeting.
Trading was mixed in Asia on Wednesday, as sentiment turned cautious amid concerns over the health of Japan - the world's third largest economy - and ahead of the release of the U.S. Federal Reserves' meeting minutes.
U.S. stock futures turned higher ahead of the open, with traders waiting on minutes from the latest meeting of the Federal Reserve and housing data.
The U.S. Treasury yield curve steepened on Tuesday, with benchmark 10-year bonds rising slightly.
European shares closed in positive territory on Tuesday as new data for Germany beat expectations and buoyed investor sentiment.
Oil extended its slide on Tuesday as traders looked toward Saudi Arabia and OPEC for signs the cartel would cut output.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a softer open as investors digested the minutes from the Fed's latest meeting and a raft of new data.
Gold prices settled higher on Tuesday as the dollar softened against the euro due partly to better-than-expected German economic data.
The U.S. dollar weakened against the euro on Tuesday on a better than expected survey of German sentiment.
Asian bourses turned mixed late Tuesday, with Sydney and mainland indices under-performing on the back of a steeper-than-expected fall in China's new home prices.
Wall Street looked set for a higher open on Tuesday, after Dow component Home Depot reported numbers that were better than expected.
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