U.S. stocks were up after a report had applications for jobless benefits falling.
U.S. stock index futures turned lower on Friday, after the government's crucial non-farm payrolls jobs report came in below expectations.
U.S. government bonds were lower on Thursday, unmoved by a clutch of data as markets geared up for the all-important monthly jobs report.
European equities were higher after both the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England kept their main interest rates unchanged.
U.S. bonds edged lower on Tuesday, ahead of the publication of more factory data.
Crude rose as traders took profit on a spread trade with U.S. oil, which itself was supported by record heating oil demand.
Gold scored a modest gain on Thursday, held in check by both a firmer tone to stock markets and caution ahead of a U.S. jobs report on Friday.
The dollar see-sawed after a weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report on Friday.
Global currency markets trod water ahead of interest rate decisions in Britain and the euro zone on Thursday.
The Australian dollar surged almost two percent on Tuesday after moves from the country's central bank dropped.
Stocks fell on Wednesday after data had companies adding fewer employees to their payrolls than anticipated.
U.S. bonds edged lower on Wednesday, with yields rising after private payroll data missed market expectations.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher Wall Street open on Thursday, as markets gear up for the all-important monthly jobs data.
Gold ended higher on Wednesday after mixed US data left investors uncertain over the pace of recovery in the world's largest economy.
The yen gained on Wednesday, as struggles in stock markets and the emerging markets forced investors to seek safe-haven currencies.
Asian equity markets traded mixed on Wednesday. Overnight gains on Wall Street pushed Japan and South Korea shares on a rebound.
Gold settled lower, posting its first weekly fall in six on strong US economic growth and concerns over the Fed's withdrawal of monetary stimulus.
The euro was soft on Monday as investors thought it more likely the European Central Bank would have to ease policy to combat slowing inflation.
Asian equity markets suffered heavy losses on Tuesday after weak economic data sparked fears of a slowing U.S. economy.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with equities rebounding after a rout the prior day.
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