Despite all the ballyhoo over money flowing back into stocks, the return of mom-and-pop investors means little to how well the market performs this year.
The U.S. 30-year Treasury bond extended its gain to a point as higher yields and a modest stock market retreat from five-year highs drew buyers.
Platinum rose after mostly upbeat U.S. data signaled the economic recovery is gaining traction, with a soft earnings update from the world's biggest platinum miner and strong monthly U.S. car sales reports adding to support.
Brent crude oil fell below $116 per barrel on Monday, slipping from 4-1/2-month highs after three weeks of gains powered by signs of improving global economic growth.
The euro slumped from recent highs against the dollar and yen on Monday as political uncertainty in Spain and Italy renewed concerns about the region's debt crisis just days before a European Central Bank meeting.
Asian stocks closed mixed on Monday after Wall Street hit a five-year high in the previous session as strong economic data buoyed sentiment.
With investors jaded by years of turbulence, the Dow's break through 14,000 did not trigger bells and whistles, but it should portend a slow march higher for stocks.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit 14,000 for the first time since 2007, but where the blue-chip average goes from here is far from certain. The market needs the Fed to continue its bond-buying program, but eventually it will need to break free from that support if the gains are to be sustained.
Investors welcomed news that the U.S. economy added 157,000 jobs last month, sending the Dow above 14,000 for the first time since 2007.
European shares inched up on Friday, as investors took advantage of the past two sessions' losses to snap up equities more cheaply, reassured by a run of solid data from China, Europe and the United States.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys turned lower on Friday after data showed an uptick in the unemployment rate, which sparked a broad rally in the stock market.
U.S. stocks posted strong gains in January, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average continued to trade near an all-time high.
Jason Gammel, head of European oil at Macquarie, tells CNBC why a combination of factors offsetting each other mean Brent oil prices will be very company specific.
Drivers are now paying more to fill up their gas tanks than they ever have at this time of year.
This could be the biggest U.S. bull market of our careers, Richard Bernstein of Richard Bernstein Advisors said at the TDAmeritrade Institutional Conference on Thursday.
The euro hit a 14-month high against the U.S. dollar and 33-month peak against the yen, the beneficiary of stronger-than-forecast euro zone manufacturing data and expectations of easy monetary policy form Washington and Tokyo.
History shows that when the S&P 500 gains 5 percent or more in January, it's going to be a good year for stocks, with CNBC's Jeff Cox & Ron Insana.
Brent crude rose to a four-month peak, with traders citing optimism about the global economic recovery, while Brent's premium over U.S. oil futures widened nearly $1 a barrel in heavy spread trading.
Gold rose on Friday, set for a weekly gain, after U.S. nonfarm payrolls data showed modest job growth.
Asian shares wiped earlier gains on Friday as a tepid Chinese manufacturing report dented sentiment, leaving investors on tenterhooks ahead of U.S. nonfarm payroll data due later in the day.
European shares were flat on Friday as talks over the "fiscal cliff" stalled.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday for a third consecutive session, with resurging worries about the global economic outlook undermining investor sentiment.
Standard & Poor's decision to cut Spain's credit rating to one notch above junk status is weighing on markets.