Gold edged higher as a softer tone to the dollar helped support prices.
Brent crude oil fell to four-year low below $79 a barrel after Chinese data showed further slowdown in activity.
Dollar moved towards a seven-year high against the yen, driven by speculation that the Japanese Prime Minister will call a snap election.
Asian markets traded mixed on Thursday, with Tokyo continuing to outperform on speculations of a delayed sales tax hike and snap elections.
Stocks fell Wednesday as investors mulled the slowdown in Europe and earnings from retailers.
Wall Street stock index futures pointed to a higher start to trade on Thursday, ahead of jobs data and major retail earnings.
U.S. Treasurys gained on Wednesday morning, with longer-dated notes rising faster than shorter ones.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday, with investors shunning banking stocks after regulators announced penalties.
WTI crude closed at a three-year low, with prices under pressure from the growing oil glut created by the US shale boom.
Gold fell over 2 percent, nearly wiping out its previous session's rally, but signs of renewed buying interest in US futures could underpin prices.
Britain's pound slouched near recent 14-month lows against the dollar as investors pushed back rate-hike expectations to the fourth quarter of 2015.
Wednesday's trading session saw a mixed picture in Asia, with Tokyo shares stealing the limelight to finish at a 7-year high.
Wall Street looked set for a lower open to trade on Wednesday, ahead of a final burst of earnings for the third quarter.
U.S. stocks ended near highs on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P each edging up to a record close.
European stocks ended the day in the green on Tuesday afternoon, after fluctuating throughout in the day.
Benchmark Brent crude hit a four-year below $81 low on Tuesday, nearing a test below the psychologically important $80 a barrel mark.
Gold steadied near $1,150 an ounce as demand for physical metal picked up.
The dollar climbed to a seven-year high against the yen as Prime Minister Abe is likely to delay a planned sales tax increase.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Tuesday following a record close on Wall Street, with Japanese markets outperforming the region.
The bond market is closed Tuesday in observance of Veterans Day.
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