Treasurys rose after two days of losses as softer-than expected US data rekindled the view that the Fed could pause in reducing its asset buying.
Asian equity markets rose on Monday following a strong lead from Wall Street on Friday while investors shrugged off weak economic data from Japan.
European stocks closed lower on Thursday, failing to build on a six-session rally, with investor sentiment curbed by earnings releases.
Crude prices slipped, pressured by an expected dip in demand during the refinery maintenance season and a rise in U.S. jobless claims.
Gold settled at a three-month high, breaking above $1,300 after disappointing US economic figures further hurt the dollar and equity markets.
Recent announcements from the Fed have not pushed the dollar up as much as hoped, while the Aussie and the Swedish crown dived as well.
Asian equity markets ended lower on Thursday due to profit-taking and as investors focused on regional earnings reports.
Stocks were mixed on Wednesday, with the S&P little changed after its four-day surge.
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday as investors around the globe cheered strong Chinese export data and a U.S. debt deal.
The dollar is ticked up against the yen on Tuesday, on Fed Chair Yellen's suggestions that the Fed will continue to stay course.
U.S. oil rose, but data showing a larger-than-expected build in oil inventories pulled prices off their highs.
Gold settled higher on Wednesday as positive technical factors outweighed a rise in investor appetite for riskier assets.
It was a Sterling day for the British pound, while the euro suffered on news of a possible negative deposit rate.
Asian stocks gained on Wednesday after Janet Yellen reassured Wall Street that the Fed would continue to provide monetary stimulus.
U.S. stock index futures were mixed on Wall Street after stocks surged on the reassurances of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stressed Fed continuity.
Gold ended higher on Friday but failed to retain stronger gains made after softer-than-expected U.S. monthly payrolls data.
European stocks closed higher on Tuesday after the first public remarks by new U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
Crude lost its early momentum, with U.S. oil ending modestly lower and Brent posting slim gains ahead of inventory data.
The dollar was steady ahead of Janet Yellen's testimony in Congress, while Norway's crown jetted almost 1 percent higher.
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