Oil strengthened slightly as traders saw little new to temper worries over tensions in Ukraine.
Gold ended lower as the dollar gained and accommodative Fed policy counterbalanced worries over the strength of Chinese demand.
Asian stocks ended mixed on Wednesday in a choppy session with activity subdued ahead of Friday's Easter holidays.
Asian shares fell on Monday with the absence of a lead from Wall Street last week due to the Easter holidays.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open, with multiple big names reporting earnings before Wall Street opens.
US stocks rose Wednesday after better-than-expected earnings from Yahoo.
U.S. bonds fell back on Wednesday, as the previous session's stock market rally caused investors' bid for "safe-haven" assets to wane.
European shares closed lower on Tuesday, as Ukraine worries and fears about slowing demand in China weighed on stocks.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday, as better-than-expected Chinese growth data and a slew of earnings releases buoyed sentiment.
Gold was underpinned by escalating tensions in Ukraine but still under pressure from a concerns over a slowdown in Chinese demand.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday in quiet trade with many regional markets shut for the Easter holidays, except for Japan, China and South Korea.
Crude lost early gains, as a combination of slower Chinese growth figures and a surprise surge in U.S. crude inventories tamed the rally.
The yen fell against the dollar and the euro on Wednesday, on pension fund comments by Japan's finance minister.
Asian equity markets ended mostly higher on Wednesday following a better than expected growth report from the world's second biggest economy.
Stocks rose on Tuesday after earnings from Dow components Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson.
U.S. stock index futures traded higher on Wednesday, ahead of a busy day for bank, tech and pharmaceutical earnings.
Concerns over escalating conflict added to bond purchases, after a gauge of manufacturing in NY earlier grew at a slower rate than the previous month.
Gold ended near a three-week high as mounting tensions in Ukraine curbed investor appetite for risk, boosting bullion's appeal a safe haven.
Selling accelerated after gold broke through its 200-day moving average of $1,300, a key level where many traders placed their stop-loss orders.
The yen fell on Wednesday, hit by comments by Japan's finance minister that traders took as a sign of a weaker yen.
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