Asian equity markets were mixed on Wednesday with Japan leading losses on profit-taking while Chinese shares rallied on news of financial reforms.
U.S. stocks pulled lower on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average extending losses into a third session.
U.S. Treasurys prices edged up on Tuesday on a light day of data before Friday's employment report for November.
European equities closed sharply lower on Tuesday after disappointing data from the euro zone and increased concerns about tapering.
European equities closed lower as Spanish shares sunk on disappointing data, while retailers struggled on the first day of December trade.
Gold settled lower and near a five-month low as strong U.S. economic data stoked fears of an early end to the Federal Reserve's stimulus.
U.S. oil futures rose to a four-week high on Tuesday, on expectations of the start up of a pipeline from Cushing.
Mainland shares pared losses on Monday following a volatile session that saw it drop 1.6 percent on fears over reforms in the IPO market.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a tepid Wall Street open on Tuesday, as caution set in ahead of Friday's non-farm payrolls jobs report.
Japan's Nikkei rose to a new six-month peak on Tuesday thanks to supportive comments from the Bank of Japan.
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U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat-to-lower open on Monday, ahead of a bumper week of data culminating in Friday's non-farm payrolls.
Crude was mixed, but Brent was set for its biggest monthly gain since August, as unrest in Libya kept supply disruptions in focus.
Gold settled more than 2 percent lower on Monday after better-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data prompted bearish bets on bullion.
Crude jumped by more than $1 a barrel on Monday in reaction to strong manufacturing data from both China and the United States.
The dollar climbed to a more than six-month high against the yen on Monday on speculation the Bank of Japan may expand its already massive economic stimulus.
U.S. stocks on Friday tallied a third month of gains.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to further Wall Street gains on Friday, as markets reopened after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Treasury prices dipped slightly on Friday in subdued trading, with investors looking ahead to key data next week.
The yen clawed back lost ground against the euro and dollar in Asia on Thursday after touching fresh lows against both, on track for one of its worst monthly performance this year.
European shares were flat on Friday as talks over the "fiscal cliff" stalled.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday for a third consecutive session, with resurging worries about the global economic outlook undermining investor sentiment.
Standard & Poor's decision to cut Spain's credit rating to one notch above junk status is weighing on markets.
Asian shares dipped on Tuesday following losses on Wall Street after U.S. manufacturing activity hit a three-year low in November.
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