Gold gained as rising geopolitical tensions and heavy short-covering helped it reverse a sharp sell-off after encouraging US nonfarm payrolls data.
The yen rose to a two-week high against the dollar on Monday after a survey showing China's manufacturing activity contracted.
Positive signs from the US economy have failed to boost the greenback, while tensions in Ukraine are driving traders to the yen.
Asian stocks ended mostly higher on Monday but trading volumes were thin with Japanese and South Korean markets shut for holidays.
U.S. stocks declined Friday as unrest in Ukraine offset the US jobs report.
U.S. stock index futures pushed lower on Monday, as shares in Europe fell on concerns about escalating violence in Ukraine.
Yields jumped to session highs after the US employment report, while that on two-year notes climbed to one-month peaks.
European markets closed lower in trade on Friday, despite a better-than-expected U.S. jobs number.
Gold settled lower for a second session on Thursday, hurt by the Federal Reserve's vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.
Crude rose as fighting between Ukraine's army and a pro-Russian group intensified, stoking fears of regional energy supply disruptions.
European shares closed lower on Monday as violence escalated in Ukraine.
Asian shares were mixed on the final day of the week with traders hesitant to make big bets ahead of Friday's U.S. jobs report.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wall Street, ahead of the government’s all-important non-farm payrolls jobs report.
Yields fell in a market that continued to cover short positions ahead of Friday's all-important US nonfarm payrolls report.
Shares in Lloyds Bank climbed higher on Thursday helping the U.K.'s FTSE 100 to close the day higher for a fourth-straight session.
Europe shares close mixed on Wednesday, despite a surge in Alstom stocks after they reopened for trade.
Gold settled under $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday as strong U.S. data offset safe-haven bids from escalating tensions between Russia and the West.
Strong manufacturing data made traders bullish on Britain, while Fed tapering and expectations of permissive ECB policies both propped up the euro.
The dollar inched up from a three-week low on Friday, on expectations of a robust U.S. jobs number, after a weak growth report earlier this week.
U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after data had economic growth stalling in the first quarter.
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