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.
European shares closed slightly up on Thursday, after wavering throughout the day on mixed manufacturing and services data.
Gold ended around the crucial $1,300 level on Thursday as holdings in the top bullion-backed fund fell to a fresh 5 year low.
Robust expansion in Germany led the euro off lows, but growing expectations the ECB will ease monetary policy next week kept gains muted.
Gold settled lower as the dollar and equities gained after FOMC minutes showed the Fed discussed options for raising rates at its latest meeting.
Asian stocks ended mostly higher on Thursday on upbeat Chinese data and the Federal Reserve's reassurance that rates would not rise anytime soon.
Gold touched the psychologically important $1,300-an-ounce level as the dollar and equity markets slipped.
Stock futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with initial jobless claims rising last week.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open, despite ongoing concerns about weak earnings and global central bank policy.
U.S. Treasury bonds fell back on Wednesday after minutes from the latest FOMC meeting and a speech from Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
European shares closed slightly up on Wednesday, after wavering throughout the day, as investors looked towards central bank policy.
European shares closed slightly down on Tuesday, as investors continue to consider stock valuations and the possibility of policy action from the ECB.
Brent crude oil rose on Friday after a recovery in Libyan oil supply proved short-lived, and as tension simmered over Ukraine.
U.S. oil rose nearly $2 a barrel after the government reported a large draw in commercial crude stocks.
Asian equities ended mixed Wednesday following a Bank of Japan monetary policy decision and as traders focused on political developments in Thailand.
Stocks fell Tuesday after quarterly earnings from Home Depot and Staples.
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