Gold settled higher in today's trading, but it's been a disastrous three months for gold bulls.
Mainland equities outperformed on Wednesday to rally 2 percent after China's dismal trade figures spurred hopes that the People's Bank of China (PBOC) may ease policy in order to boost economic growth.
Oil prices extended their gains after a drop in U.S. crude inventories and reports of a Gulf of Mexico well leak.
Asian stocks rebounded on Tuesday from the previous day's sharp losses following a positive U.S. lead and after Chinese consumer inflation accelerated in June.
The U.S. dollar edged off three-year highs against major currencies on Monday but looked poised to resume gains after last week's strong U.S. jobs data.
Crude fell on Monday, with U.S. oil bouncing off a new 15-month high as oil from Libya helped tame fears about global supply and violent clashes in Egypt.
A heavy sell-off in Chinese stocks dragged Asia lower on Monday while an upbeat U.S jobs report prompted worries that the Federal Reserve may wind down its stimulus program later this year.
The dollar touched a five-week high against the yen and a six-week peak against the euro on Friday on good U.S. jobs data.
Stocks jumped in a choppy trading session Friday, after a strong jobs report indicating an improving U.S. economy offset worries about a sooner-than-expected end to Federal Reserve bond buying.
Oil prices jumped nearly $2 a barrel on Friday to notch their biggest weekly gain in a year, boosted by concerns over rising tensions in Egypt and better-than-expected U.S. economic data.
Gold settled nearly 3 percent lower on Friday as the dollar climbed after stronger-than-expected US jobs data which could tempt the Fed to start scaling back its monetary stimulus.
Asian stocks rose on Friday, tracking strong gains in European markets after the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BoE) suggested they would keep interest rates low for some time, but caution ahead of key U.S. jobs data capped large gains.
Gold eased on Thursday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi signaled it could cut interest rates further, pressuring the euro against the dollar, but moves were muted ahead of U.S. jobs data.
Oil slipped towards $105 a barrel on Thursday after Egypt's army ousted its president, helping to ease concerns over the threat of supply disruption in the Middle East.
The euro fell to a five-week low against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank chief's announcements.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Thursday with the exception of Japan but trading was cautious ahead of the European Central Bank meeting later in the day and Friday's key U.S. jobs report.
The yen rose across the board on Wednesday as political instability in Egypt and Portugal prompted investors to seek refuge in the Japanese currency.
U.S. Treasurys prices were flat to slightly lower on Wednesday in an abbreviated pre-holiday trading session, the last one before the release of the key U.S. employment report.
Oil was whipsawed on Wednesday, with the spread between Brent and U.S. oil widening sharply after narrowing to its lowest level in more than two years.
Gold settled nearly one percent higher on Wednesday near $1,252 as the dollar and equity markets remained under pressure after mixed US data.
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