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.
Gold prices settled lower on Friday, logging a modest weekly loss, as the dollar firmed and investors squared positions before the weekend.
Brent crude was on track for a second weekly gain, supported by conflicts in Libya and Ukraine and positive economic data.
The euro fell to a three-month low against the dollar after a soft German business sentiment survey added pressure on the ECB.
Bonds eased after positive US econ data on existing home sales and factory activity lifted sentiment.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday, extending this week's gains as investors gear up for a long holiday weekend.
Asian equity markets rose on the final trading day of the week, but geopolitical risks in Thailand and Ukraine remained firmly in focus.
Stocks rose on Wednesday, as investors cheered the latest release from the Fed.
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