European shares rallied on Friday after the U.K. election outcome and a U.S. jobs report that showed economic growth but not enough to warrant a rate rise immediately.
Asian shares traded mostly firmer on Friday on the back of a positive lead from Wall Street and bets that Beijing will roll out more easing measures.
Gold retained losses from the previous two sessions on Friday as equities and the dollar firmed
The dollar gained against the euro as a mixed U.S. jobs report stoked uncertainty over the health of the U.S. economy.
US oil prices settled higher after oilfield services firm Baker Hughes reported that the U.S. oil rig count fell for the 22nd consecutive week.
U.S. stocks closed higher on Thursday as investors awaited the key April jobs report and eyed easing in oil prices and bond yields.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat to slightly lower open, as investors weighed April employment report and looked ahead to the week's data.
U.S. stock index futures briefly turned positive on Thursday amid weekly U.S. jobless claims number.
Treasurys rose, getting a lift from weak global equity markets and breaking a slide that had pushed yields on 30-year bonds to more than 3 percent.
European equities trimmed losses on Thursday and closed flat, rebounding from heavy selling earlier in the session.
Asian stocks remained in the doldrums on Thursday, hit by a confluence of factors like a weaker finish on Wall Street overnight.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Friday as investors digested the April jobs report.
Gold extended losses into a second session as higher bond yields dented its investment appeal, while uncertainty over a U.S. rate hike also weighed.
Oil wiped out recent gains, as euphoria from the first US inventory drawdown in months faded and focus returned to oversupplies in crude and gasoline.
U.S. stocks closed lower, reversing a positive open, as investors weighed higher yields and energy prices ahead of Friday's important jobs report.
The dollar recovered against the euro after German bund yields retreated from their highs for the year.
European equities closed mostly higher on Wednesday as investors reacted to a slew of earnings reports and data, as the euro rallied against the dollar.
Asian equities sold off on Wednesday, as weak corporate results in Sydney and an unimpressive U.S. lead took a toll on trading sentiment.
The euro hit a ten-week peak, tracking European bond yields higher and benefiting from a sell-off in the dollar after weak U.S. jobs data
Gold edged down as the impact of higher yields counteracted the effects of a weaker dollar.
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