European shares closed mixed on Wednesday, after wavering throughout the day, with investors eyeing European Central Bank policy.
Oil traded near three week highs, supported by a draw on stocks in the United States and the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.
Gold ended above $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday after the dollar and global equities came under pressure.
Asian stock markets kicked off Wednesday mixed, with Australia in focus following the release of the country's federal budget.
Gold ended below $1,300 an ounce on Thursday, as strong US data countered the safe-haven boost from flat European stocks and international turmoil.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat-to-lower open on Wednesday, with investors awaiting April inflation figures.
Stocks were mixed on Tuesday, with the S&P crossing 1,900 for the first time.
European bourses closed higher on Tuesday, after fluctuating near the flat line and posting modest gains.
Gold ended modestly lower after a clutch of U.S. data that fed new fears about economic growth and sparked safe-haven buying demand.
U.S. crude oil futures climbed to two-week highs on expectations for another draw on stocks at contract's delivery point at Cushing, OK.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Tuesday as investors welcomed a record Wall Street finish.
Stocks opened higher on Monday, lifting the S&P 500 to within reach of record territory.
The euro steadied against the dollar on Wednesday and rebounded from a 16-month trough against the British pound.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher start to Wall Street trade on Tuesday, with shares in Asia and Europe boosted.
Treasurys prices fell before a heavy week of data, including retail sales and inflation reports, which will be watched for signs of economic strength.
European shares closed at six-year highs on Monday, with strong buying seen in the basic resources sector.
Gold settled lower, logging its second straight weekly loss as the dollar took support from euro weakness and traders awaited further news on Ukraine.
The euro slid further in early trade in Europe on Friday after strong words from European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi that halted its march this year to a 2-1/2 year high.
Gold ended about 1 percent higher as Ukraine tensions spurred safe-haven buying, but a lack of strong physical demand could weigh on prices.
The euro fell against sterling on growing bets the European Central Bank and the Bank of England will take opposite courses of action.
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