Stocks failed to end higher in volatile trading Thursday, snapping a four-day win streak, ahead of the widely-watched government jobs report. The Dow and S&P 500 hit record intraday highs earlier in the session.
Bonds traded marginally higher, pushing yields lower as soft US jobless claims and trade data tempered enthusiasm for the building recovery story.
European stock markets pared earlier losses to close higher on Thursday, as European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi adopted an "ultra-dovish" tone.
Asian shares rose on Wednesday after Wall Street shares posted a three-day winning streak on the back of strong data.
A rally pulled U.S. crude to a higher close, as doubts crept in over a lasting deal was imminent to reopen Libyan oil ports.
European stocks closed higher on Tuesday, starting the new quarter in positive fashion.
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday, after positive U.S. jobs data helped to boost global sentiment further.
Gold gained about 1 percent on Wednesday, recouping some strength after two days of losses as investors remained jittery ahead of US jobs data.
Crude fell with Brent tumbling by more than $1 but U.S. crude seeing modest declines as Libyan supply outweighed a drop in stockpiles.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Tuesday, looking to add to gains from the previous session, with the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing survey for March in focus.
U.S. stock index futures wavered in a narrow range Wednesday, following the ADP private-sector job report and a day after the S&P 500's record-close.
Stocks held modest gains across the board Tuesday after the S&P 500 briefly shot to a fresh intraday record, as investors digested the latest batch of economic reports.
Asian stocks ended mixed on Thursday following mini-stimulus measures from China and positive U.S. data.
U.S. Treasury bonds continued to fall on Tuesday, after a dovish speech from Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Stocks finished in positive territory for the fourth-consecutive session Wednesday, with the S&P 500 touching a fresh high, as investors digested a batch of economic reports.
U.S. bond prices traded lower as markets eyed jobs data for new clues on the economy's health.
Asian shares were mostly higher on Monday as traders closed out of positions before the end of the quarter.
Gold fell after firm U.S. economic data lifted Wall Street stocks, easing back towards the seven-week low it hit in early trade
Crude oil futures tumbled by nearly $2, with U.S. crude pressured by expectations of surging domestic stocks and dour overseas data.
The British pound was strengthened by construction purchasing manager's index, even after other disappointing construction data.
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