Asian stock markets rose on Wednesday following another record high for the S&P 500 index and the prospect of fresh monetary stimulus in Europe.
Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday on concerns over global bond yields and U.S. growth data.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to gains on Wall Street Wednesday, buoyed by a strong finish on Tuesday when the S&P 500 set a new record following a batch of better than expected economic reports.
Stocks finished broadly higher Tuesday, with the S&P 500 setting a new record, as investors cheered a batch of better-than-expected economic reports and merger activity.
Bonds traded mostly higher on Tuesday after the US government's auction of two-year Treasury notes, the first of three debt auctions this week.
European shares closed slightly higher on Tuesday, as the U.K.'s FTSE Index rose after being closed for a public holiday.
The euro recovered early losses on Monday after European election results saw gains for Eurosceptics but did not deliver a serious domestic blow to some European governments.
Oil prices fell, as traders booked profit in the wake of Ukraine's election, with the dip expected to be short-lived.
The British pound sank on Tuesday after weak lending data added to concerns over a European election win for the anti-EU UKIP party.
Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday on the latest flare-up of tensions in the South China Sea and the prospect of further monetary easing in Europe.
U.S. stock index futures added to gains Tuesday after the long holiday weekend as investors cheered a better-than-expected durable goods orders report.
European shares were higher Monday as investors reacted to the results of European Parliament elections and presidential elections in Ukraine.
Gold held below $1,300 an ounce on Monday, but a Ukraine election win could undermine the precious metal's safe haven status.
Brent crude fell below $110 a barrel on Monday, as worries over Ukraine eased slightly after its presidential election.
Stocks rose modestly on Thursday, extending the prior day's rally.
Stocks rose Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its first weekly advance in three, after a better-than-expected housing report.
Treasurys rose on Friday on uncertainty ahead of elections in Greece and Ukraine elections, which overshadowed stronger-than-expected housing data.
Asian stocks turned mixed on Monday following a record high on the S&P 500 on Friday and a victory for Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine's election.
European closed slightly up Friday afternoon, having wobbled throughout the day, with weak German business morale figures keeping a lid on any significant gains.
Crude steadied near multi-week highs, supported by a draw in U.S. crude stocks and signs of improvement in China's manufacturing growth.
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