After a most choppy session, Asian stocks closed lower on the first trading day of the week.
Stocks drifted higher to close at session highs Thursday, with the S&P nearing its all-time high, as investors seemed to shrug off a mixed bag of economic and earnings reports.
U.S. stock index futures traded higher on Friday ahead of home sales data and speeches from Federal Reserve officials.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower Wall Street open on Thursday, ahead of a busy day for both quarterly earnings and economic data.
US yields rose back to the higher end of their recent range as traders reported an uptick in investors prepared for new Treasury supply next week.
U.S. crude oil rose as freezing weather boosted heating oil demand, while Brent climbed on political tensions in Africa and Venezuela.
European stocks closed lower on Thursday, with sentiment remaining fragile after poor data from China and France.
The euro hit a 7-week high versus the struggling dollar, weighed by soft data and news that foreign investors are selling US assets.
A still fragile outlook for the European economy and strong US economic growth helped push the greenback up.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Thursday after preliminary data showed that Chinese manufacturing activity slowed to a 7-month low in February.
U.S. bonds pushed higher on Wednesday, boosted by a "safe haven" bid from investors ahead of minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting.
Crude rose as robust demand for heating purposes from North America and a weak dollar offset concerns over disappointing U.S. data.
Gold ended higher on Tuesday, overcoming the drag of profit-taking due to a weaker U.S. dollar and concerns over global economic growth.
European stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, with worse-than-expected jobs data slightly weighing on the U.K.'s FTSE 100.
Gold came off 3-1/2-month highs hit in the previous session as investors reaped profits and physical buying subsided.
Gold slipped on Thursday as the dollar firmed after minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting indicated support for continued tapering.
Japan's Nikkei fell on Wednesday while other Asian shares were cautious before the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting.
Stocks mostly rose on Tuesday amid a large acquisition and data disregarded as weather related.
Stocks finished near session lows in volatile trading Wednesday, with the Nasdaq snapping an eight-day winning streak, as investors digested minutes from the Fed's latest policy meeting.
U.S. stock index futures turned higher early Tuesday, with Wall Street reopening after the President's Day long weekend.
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