U.S. stock index futures turned flat on Tuesday, surrendering earlier gains as shares in Europe moved lower, and ahead of the factory orders data.
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Asian stocks closed mostly higher on Tuesday with Australia's benchmark S&P ASX 200 leading gains by 2.6 percent after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) maintained its easing bias.
Stocks started the third quarter on an up note, but face the dual pressures in the second half of a still challenged economy and higher interest rates.
The dollar fell against most currencies, while the yen dropped to its lowest in nearly four weeks versus the greenback on Monday.
Stocks eased off their best levels but still kicked off the first day of the third quarter with a modest rally, boosted by a pair of better-than-expected economic reports.
Oil futures rose with gains in US crude outpacing the rest of the oil complex and pushing the US contract's discount to Brent to a 2-1/2 year low amid a broad commodities rally.
European shares closed higher on Monday, shadowing gains on Wall Street, where the Dow bounced above the psychologically important 15,000 level.
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Asian stock markets ended mixed in a choppy session on Monday after factory activity in China confirmed fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy while pessimism over a withdrawal of U.S. stimulus also hurt sentiment.
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The dollar advanced against the yen and the euro on Friday as investors resumed pricing in the possibility that the Federal Reserve will begin to pare back its bond-buying program as soon as its September policy meeting.
U.S. oil ended modestly lower in a seesaw session on Friday, as the dollar gained following better-than-expected U.S. consumer data.
Japanese stocks finished the second-quarter on a strong note after a raft of positive economic data on Friday showed a continued pickup in Japan's economy, powering the benchmark index more than 3 percent higher.
Crude oil futures rose for a fourth straight session on Thursday, gaining over $1 a barrel, as conviction strengthened that monetary stimulus measures from major central banks would stay in place for the time being.
The dollar slid against the euro on Thursday, after two days of gains as Federal Reserve officials downplayed expectations the U.S. central bank would start scaling back its stimulus program and said the Fed could buy bonds again if the economy weakens.
U.S. Treasury prices gained on Thursday as bond markets showed signs of stabilizing following the 7-year auction, which drew more aggressive bidding than markets had expected.
Gold settled close to the psychologically key level of $1,200 an ounce amid a lingering debate about the Fed's intention to curtail quantitative easing
Oil edged higher on Wednesday, shaking off earlier losses following a large buildup in U.S. gasoline inventories, buoyed by gains in the stock market and heavy spread trading.
Asian stocks enjoyed a relief rally on Thursday on signs of improvement in China's strained money markets and as fears of a U.S. stimulus withdrawal eased.
European shares were flat on Friday as talks over the "fiscal cliff" stalled.
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