Asian stocks ended mostly higher on Friday as growing hopes of policy easing in China offset a weak lead from Wall Street.
Stocks wavered Thursday after mixed economic reports.
The yen reached a fresh six-year low on the New Zealand dollar on Monday, as safe-haven demand waned amid hopes of more stimulus from China.
U.S. stock index futures traded higher on Friday, with global shares boosted early in the day by hopes of monetary stimulus in China.
Treasurys rose after the government's auction of seven-year Treasury notes, the final sale of $96 billion in new coupon-bearing supply this week.
European stock markets closed mixed on Thursday.
The euro fell on Wednesday, with investors wary after European Central Bank officials ramped up efforts to talk down the currency, with arguably its most hawkish member hinting at a radical softening of monetary policy.
U.S. crude rallied to a three-week high as strong U.S. data and the end of refinery maintenance season signaled strong demand.
Gold settled below $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as encouraging US economic growth in the fourth quarter diminished the metal's appeal as a hedge.
The dollar edged higher against the euro and the yen after upbeat U.S. economic data.
Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday as investors fretted about tougher sanctions against Russia.
U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as Ukraine back in focus.
Bond prices extended earlier gains after the U.S. government's auction of five-year Treasury notes, the second of three debt auctions this week.
Stock futures fell after data.
European stocks were higher amid hopes that the ECB and the PBoC could provide stimulus to boost economic growth.
Gold ended higher as the dollar rose after strong consumer confidence data and on expectations of higher interest rates in the first half of 2015.
U.S. stocks fell on Friday as investors considered Ukraine ahead of the weekend.
U.S. crude edged up to near $100 a barrel after weekly data reported the eighth straight weekly draw in Cushing oil stocks.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Wednesday, rebounding after the previous day's losses, on hopes of fresh stimulus measures in Europe and China.
Stocks climbed on Tuesday after consumer confidence hit a six-year high in March.
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