Todd Elmer, Currency Strategist at Citi shares his outlook for the yen and tells CNBC which currencies he likes for the short term.
Traders will be watching Thursday's earnings closely for signs of any trend that could break stocks out of their doldrums.
Stocks ended sharply higher Thursday, as Wall Street cheered a pair of encouraging data and largely shrugged off weakness in financials.
Global oil markets, under pressure from increased North American production, are facing the return of a familiar upside risk - the threat of supply disruption from North Africa after an attack on an Algerian gas field swiftly escalated into an international hostage crisis.
David Roche, Global Strategist, Independent Strategy predicts a big crash in safe-haven bond markets in 2013. He also sees a manufacturing-led recovery for the global economy.
Martin Gilbert, CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management, tells CNBC that they are seeing very strong flows into equities which have continued into the first quarter of this year.
European shares closed higher on Thursday afternoon after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data.
U.S. government debt prices fell, as surprisingly strong data on the housing market raised hopes of the U.S. economy accelerating and spurred investors to favor stocks and growth-oriented assets over low-risk bonds.
Gold was supported by ongoing concerns about U.S. debt talks, and as strong U.S. data fanned hopes for a strengthening recovery
Oil rose on Thursday as financial markets got a boost from improving U.S. economic data showing jobless claims fell to a five-year low and housing starts rose sharply.
Hamish Pepper, Forex Strategist, Asia Pacific at Barclays shares his outlook for Asian currencies, including the yen.
The yen hit a 2-1/2 year low against the dollar on Friday as markets positioned for the Bank of Japan to take bold action to tackle deflation at a policy-setting meeting early next week.
Asian shares ended mostly lower on Thursday, paring initial gains as investors cashed in their chips following recent rallies with demand also capped by caution ahead of Chinese data on Friday.
Forex markets are so far taking the debt ceiling fight in stride. But if the ceiling is breached, this pro says, watch out.
Stocks finished mixed Wednesday, with the Dow breaking a five-day winning streak, as investors digested a batch of bank earnings and amid ongoing concerns over the debt ceiling.
Attributing a bounce in Apple to comments from Tom DeMark, Josh Brown of Fusion Analytics says the company needs to hit specific targets to avoid a stock meltdown.
European shares ended mostly flat on Wednesday, bouncing off intraday lows as many investors used the early dip to boost their exposure to equities.
HSBC, which had forecasted gold prices would hit $2000 per ounce in the second-half of 2012, is now paring back its forecasts for 2013.
Bill Nygren, Oakmark Select fund, says stocks remain historically cheap -- particularly financials, industrials and technology.
Herald Van Der Linde, head of equity strategy, Asia-Pacific, HSBC expects Asian equities to post returns of 10 percent to 15 percent this year. He adds that China and South Korea present areas of value for investors.
European shares were flat on Friday as talks over the "fiscal cliff" stalled.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday for a third consecutive session, with resurging worries about the global economic outlook undermining investor sentiment.
Standard & Poor's decision to cut Spain's credit rating to one notch above junk status is weighing on markets.