Asian equities started the week mixed on Monday as investors focused on a raft of economic data in China and Japan.
The U.S. Treasury bond curve flattened ahead of the U.S. August non-farm payrolls report due later on Friday.
Stocks rose on Friday as investors bypassed a surprisingly disappointing jobs report.
European shares were mostly lower on Friday as investors booked profit after U.S. nonfarm payrolls came in lower than expected.
Crude oil fell on Friday, as disappointing U.S. jobs data suggested economic growth may not be as robust in the world's biggest oil consuming economy.
Gold prices lost around 2 percent for the week, but managed to log a slight daily gain, recovering from a near three month low touched earlier.
The euro rose to session highs against the dollar after U.S. hiring in August fell far short of forecasts.
Asian stocks outside of Shanghai declined on Friday amid caution ahead of a key U.S. jobs report.
Wall Street looked set to open slightly lower, ahead of the August non-farm payrolls report due later on Friday.
Stocks erased record-setting gains Thursday, as cheer over the European Central Bank's unexpected rate cut faded.
Treasurys were lower after the ECB unexpectedly cut already ultra-low interest rates and detailed plans to start buying loans and bonds next month.
European shares closed sharply higher on Thursday after the ECB cut interest rates and announcing a bond-buying program.
Oil prices weakened on Thursday, reversing some of the sharp overnight gains, as U.S. industry data showed fuel stocks rose last week.
Gold prices settled lower on Thursday as brighter prospects for the U.S. economy and the dollar dimmed the metal's appeal.
The euro hit fresh 14-month lows against the U.S. dollar and nearly two-year lows against the Swiss franc on Thursday.
Trading in Asia was cautious on Thursday with central bank decisions in Japan and Europe in focus.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, coming off morning highs amid economic reports and central bank news.
U.S. Treasury yields were little changed on Wednesday, as investors mulled this week's ECB meeting and the possibility of a cease-fire in Ukraine.
U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, after the European Central Bank cut its key interest rate.
European shares ended the day firmly in the green on Wednesday, amid hopes that Ukraine and Russia were nearing a cease-fire agreement.
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