The European Central Bank could take its boldest steps yet to revive the euro zone's moribund economy.
Gold eased from four-month highs on Monday as investors cashed in some of last week's hefty gains
Chinese shares tumbled on Monday due to a sharp selloff in the financial and property sectors, while Wall Street's lead boosted the rest of Asia.
Stocks rose Friday as crude surged.
Bonds hit session lows on after a private report on sentiment in early January reduced some worries about domestic growth.
European equities were mostly higher on Friday, but Swiss stocks weighed on wider benchmarks.
Gold settled higher on as investors sought safety from volatility in wider markets after Switzerland unexpectedly abandoned a cap on the franc.
Brent spiked above $50 on Wednesday, before paring gains on a strengthening dollar and global economic woes.
Shanghai shares outperformed the region on Friday, as the rest of Asia languished on heightened volatility induced by the Swiss National Bank.
U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, with markets around the world still unsettled by the Swiss central bank's shock move on Thursday.
Stocks fell Thursday, extending losses into a fifth day.
Yields on U.S. government debt were lower on Thursday after U.S. jobless claims and producer data.
European equities rallied after a volatile session of trade on Thursday to close sharply higher, following action from the Swiss National Bank.
Oil prices fell on Thursday after weak U.S. economic data spurred worries over crude oil demand.
Switzerland's franc soared by almost 30 percent in value against the euro after the Swiss National Bank abandoned its three-year old cap.
Asian stock markets traded mostly higher amid choppy trade on Thursday, as a rebound in energy prices provided some reprieve.
Gold prices jumped more than 2 percent after earlier hitting a 4-month high on Thursday as European shares and the dollar turned lower.
U.S. Treasury prices pared some gains after the government's auction of 30-year bonds and the release of the Fed's monthly Beige Book report on business activity.
European equities closed sharply lower on Wednesday as the turmoil in global commodity markets continued.
Stocks fell Wednesday as a thrashing of commodities increased worry about the world economy.
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