Japanese shares outperformed on Thursday thanks to a weak yen while the rest of Asia fell on U.S. tapering fears.
U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting.
Gold tumbled as minutes of the Federal Reserve hinted that an unwinding of its bond-buying could come "within the coming months."
European equities closed lower on Tuesday, with markets still cautious about when the U.S. Federal Reserve might scale back its stimulus program and disappointing corporate results weighing on Wall Street.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open after optimistic remarks from outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
Crude was mixed on Tuesday, with U.S. oil ending marginally higher but Brent falling.
The dollar edged lower in choppy trading after the Chinese central bank said it would gradually exit from regular intervention in the foreign exchange market.
Brent oil rose by more than $1 a barrel but U.S. oil ended virtually flat on the day, as the Federal Reserve hinted at a taper timetable.
China's broad-based reform plans got a thumbs-up from the markets, with Hong Kong and mainland shares climbing Monday, leading regional gains.
Gold settled higher on Tuesday, stabilizing after sharp losses seen in the previous session.
Asian shares fell on Tuesday following a negative lead from Wall Street and caution over when the Federal Reserve might reduce its stimulus program.
U.S. stocks turned mostly negative on Monday, with the S&P 500 and Dow industrials retreating from record highs, after investor Carl Icahn said he is "very cautious" on equities.
European equities closed higher on Monday after a negative start, boosted by strong trading on Wall Street, plus euro zone trade surplus data.
U.S. oil fell in choppy trading as the perception of ample supplies outweighed expectations for strong demand.
Gold fell as a rebound in equities and lackluster physical demand prompted traders to cash in.
The safe-haven dollar and yen fell on Monday after China announced its most sweeping economic and social reforms in nearly three decades.
U.S. stocks climbed on Friday, with the Dow industrials and S&P 500 knocking out a sixth week of record-clearing gains.
U.S. stock futures held modest gains on Friday after data had import prices falling more than expected and a gauge of manufacturing in the New York region slipping.
Oil futures rose moderately, but gains were limited by reports that a deal over Iran's nuclear program may be near.
Gold edged lower as investors took profits after two days of gains sparked by assurances from the likely new Federal Reserve chief.
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