Gold settled nearly one percent higher on Wednesday near $1,252 as the dollar and equity markets remained under pressure after mixed US data.
Stocks closed modestly higher on Wednesday, reversing earlier losses, as investors brushed off ongoing turmoil in Egypt and political uncertain in Portugal and squared positions ahead of the holiday Thursday and jobs report due out Friday morning.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday after positive jobs data from the U.S. helped to trim intra-day lows.
Asian markets reversed early gains on Wednesday to close lower after data from China revived fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
Gold settled lower at $1,243 Tuesday as U.S. equities rose and the dollar strengthened and investors looked for indications that the Fed may soon end its stimulus program.
Stocks bounced off their worst levels in the final minutes but still finished slightly lower in choppy trading Tuesday as investors hesitated to jump in amid ongoing concerns about the Federal Reserve's plans to scale back its bond-buying program and reports of political turmoil in Egypt.
The dollar breached 100 yen again to hit a four-week high on Tuesday amid growing optimism that U.S. jobs data will prompt the Federal Reserve to scale back stimulus.
Instability in Egypt and Syria bolstered crude oil on Tuesday, as supply concerns stemming from geopolitical turmoil momentarily overrode fears about the global economy.
European shares recovered slightly Tuesday to close narrowly lower, as worrying euro zone signals gave way to better-than-expected U.S. factory orders.
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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