Oil prices gained on Thursday as traders sought bargains after sharp losses earlier this month.
Gold settled under $1,325 on Thursday, as the dollar held firm after weekly jobless claims data showed an improving U.S. labor market.
The dollar posted slim gains against a basket of currencies on Thursday, but remained weighed by the ongoing U.S. budget impasse.
Japan's benchmark index staged a dramatic turnaround on Thursday to outperform Asian equity markets but sentiment remained cautious ahead of of next week's U.S. budget vote.
Stocks ended lower Wednesday, with the Dow and S&P closing in the red for the fifth-straight day, as jitters over budget talks in Washington continued to weigh on markets.
The U.S. Treasury's auction of $35 billion of 5-year bonds helped underpin Treasurys prices.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday with investor sentiment still subdued as concerns weighed about U.S. borrowing.
The price of oil fell as traders digested positive economic news and a decline in oil supplies at a key U.S. delivery hub.
Gold settled more than 1 percent higher on Wednesday amid concerns about a potential U.S. government shutdown.
The dollar fell on Wednesday as concerns about a potential U.S. government shutdown left investors wary.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Wednesday after Wall Street logged its fourth straight session of losses amid uncertainty surrounding U.S. budget discussions.
Stocks stumbled in the final minutes of trading to end near session lows Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P posting their fourth-straight session in the red, as investors remained cautious amid uncertainties surrounding central bank's stimulus program and budget discussions in Washington.
US Treasurys prices were aided by a strong 2-year note auction expectations for a longer period of accommodative Fed monetary policy.
European stocks closed modestly higher on Tuesday after the release of economic data from Germany, but the push higher was capped with concerns over the outcome of the German elections and the "tapering" of the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus program.
U.S. oil bore the brunt of a weak market, falling as geopolitical tension eased and further evidence emerged of rising oil supplies from Libya and Iraq.
Gold settled lower amid a lack of clarity over U.S. monetary and fiscal policy dented demand.
The euro slipped against the dollar and yen on Tuesday, undermined by German sentiment data that was slightly below expectations.
Asian stocks pared back some of their losses on Tuesday as investors continued to fret about the future of U.S. monetary stimulus among a lack of market catalysts.
Stocks closed lower for the third-straight session Monday, extending sharp losses from the previous week, as investors digested headlines from Fed officials and amid ongoing worries over the debt ceiling and budget wrangling in Washington.
Treasurys prices rose before this week's supply of new debt, aided by accommodative monetary policy and dovish remarks by some Fed officials.