Asian stocks fell on Wednesday as geopolitical concerns over Iraq overshadowed better-than-expected U.S. data.
European markets finished slightly up on Friday afternoon, after wobbling around the flat line throughout the day.
Gold held near a two-month high, and looked set to post its second quarterly gain as geopolitical tensions boosted its safe-haven appeal.
Oil futures weakened for a third straight session Monday on increased confidence that unrest in Iraq would not interrupt the country's oil exports.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Monday, with Dow lower and the S&P 500 showing the longest streak of quarterly gains since 1998.
The euro held near a six-week high against the dollar on Tuesday, threatening a break past $1.37.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open at the start of the week, with housing market data out on Monday.
Treasury yields eased at the end of a week of steady price gains fueled by worries that U.S. economic growth may be slower than policymakers say.
Crude was little changed as investors moved to square positions on reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.
Gold settled higher on Friday, posting its fourth straight weekly gain, as weak US data on consumer spending hurt the dollar.
The dollar looked set for a second week of losses on Friday, after a string of poor U.S. economic data that gave investors no reason to expect higher interest rates soon.
Asian equity markets kicked off the week with modest gains on Monday as traders brace for a week full of event risk.
Stocks fell Thursday after data showed spending rising less than forecast in May.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on the last trading day of the week, following weak U.S. data and hawkish Fed comments.
U.S. crude fell, with Brent also trading lower as fears eased over export disruptions from Iraq, OPEC's second-largest producer.
Gold settled lower on Thursday as U.S. consumer spending data and sliding crude oil prices sent prices below a two-month high earlier this week.
Sterling rallied on Thursday after new measures to cool the UK housing market failed to dampen rate rise expectations.
U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after mixed economic reports.
U.S. stock index futures pointed slightly higher on Thursday, with global markets boosted after a weaker-than-expected reading on U.S. economic growth.
Asian equity markets declined on Friday following hawkish comments from a Federal Reserve official.
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