Asian equity markets were mostly lower on the final trading day of the week amid concerns of a worsening situation in Ukraine.
Stocks fell on Thursday, pulling the S&P 500 below 2,000, as concerns about Ukraine overtook upbeat reports on the economy and labor.
Wall Street looked set to open higher on the last day of the week, albeit in low volume trade ahead of Monday's Labor Day holiday.
The U.S. Treasury yields continued to decline on Thursday after reports that signaled a strengthening economy.
European shares closed lower as investors digested events in Ukraine and the likelihood of more monetary easing from the ECB.
U.S. oil rose on Thursday, boosted by strong U.S. data, but ample supply and a refinery fire in the United States contained prices.
Gold settled higher on Thursday as tensions over Ukraine increased and equity markets retreated, but analysts said the rebound could be short-lived.
Better-than-expected U.S. growth data lifted the dollar on Thursday as the euro fell amid worries about tensions between Ukraine and Russia.
Asian stock markets declined on Thursday in a quiet session amid a lack of catalysts.
Stock futures reduced their drop Thursday, after the second estimate for second-quarter economic growth came in better than expected.
Stocks were little moved Wednesday as Wall Street caught its breath, a day after the S&P 500's first close above 2,000.
Bonds continued to rally after the US's auction of five-year Treasury notes, the second sale of $93 billion in new coupon-bearing supply this week.
European shares closed flat-to-higher on Wednesday as investors considered the possibility of more monetary easing in the euro zone.
Spot gold edged up on Wednesday as a lower dollar and lingering geopolitical tensions helped offset selling pressure from a record rally in equities.
Demand fears clipped an early rally in oil on Wednesday, despite data showing a steep drop in U.S. inventories.
The euro turned higher in choppy trading Wednesday as traders reacted to headlines that the ECB is unlikely to take new action early next week.
Asian equity markets were mostly higher on Wednesday after the S&P 500 index closed above the 2,000 mark for the first time ever.
Gold rose on Tuesday after a pause in the dollar rally prompted a break above $1,280 an ounce that triggered chart-based buying.
Stocks rose on Tuesday after a report had orders for durable goods jumping far more than expected in July.
Treasurys were little changed, though prices on 30-year bonds fell as investors unwound some bets that the yield curve would continue to flatten.
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