The dollar edged up against the yen on Friday on light bargain hunting, with markets slowly getting into gear after the Christmas holiday.
Oil futures declined slightly Friday after paring gains from early in the session as a supply gut continued to weigh on markets.
Asian bourses largely rose amid thin post-Christmas trading, as markets in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines remain shut.
U.S. sovereign bonds nudged higher in thin trade on Wednesday with volumes set to be thin as markets close early for the Christmas holiday.
European shares finished mixed on Wednesday with reports of an acquisition in the pharmaceutical sector helping the FTSE 100 to post slim gains.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a softer open, as European stocks traded lower after elections in Greece failed to secure a new president.
On the last trading session before Christmas, Asian indices largely rose, with the exception of China, as a strong U.S. growth report card revived risk sentiment.
Traders in Japan weren't feeling overly jolly on Christmas day, with stocks there snapping a five-day winning streak, but China shares rallied, led by financials.
Stocks drifted higher Wednesday, a day after the Dow rose above 18,000 for the first time.
Gold was trading close to a three-week low as strong U.S. economic growth boosted equities and the dollar, weakening safe-haven bids for bullion.
U.S. crude futures extended losses after inventories unexpectedly surged last week as imports jumped and refineries maintained output.
The dollar hovered at its highest in nearly nine years after strong U.S. economic growth caused market speculation of earlier interest rate hike.
Stocks furthered record gains Tuesday after the economy expanding in the third quarter by the most in 11 years.
U.S. government debt prices moved slightly higher in thin trade on Tuesday ahead of the last day of big data before the Christmas break.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Wednesday, with volumes expected to be thin as markets close early for the Christmas holiday.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday, with revised growth data from the U.S. and record gains on Wall Street boosting sentiment.
Asian stocks traded mixed on Tuesday, overlooking a strong session on Wall Street, as fears of a further slump in oil prices resurfaced.
Brent steadied traded near $61 a barrel on Tuesday after data showed the U.S. economy grew at its quickest pace in 11 years in the third quarter.
Australian dollar hit a 4-1/2-year trough against its U.S. counterpart as prices of iron for construction fell in China amid weak demand.
Gold rose, moving away from a three-week low hit in the previous session, as the dollar and equities eased after recent rallies.
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