European shares closed slightly down on Wednesday, despite a slew of positive data being released for the euro zone.
Gold ended its lowest level in about 3-1/2 months after strong US data lifted optimism about the economy, while platinum fell.
Gold prices settled near a 3-1/2 month low on Wednesday as the dollar rallied and stock markets held near recent peaks.
Crude fell as a stronger dollar and lower demand outweighed geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya and positive U.S. data.
The euro fell to a three-month low on Wednesday as expectations solidified for an ECB attack on monetary policy next week.
Asian stock markets rose on Wednesday following another record high for the S&P 500 index and the prospect of fresh monetary stimulus in Europe.
Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday on concerns over global bond yields and U.S. growth data.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to gains on Wall Street Wednesday, buoyed by a strong finish on Tuesday when the S&P 500 set a new record following a batch of better than expected economic reports.
Stocks finished broadly higher Tuesday, with the S&P 500 setting a new record, as investors cheered a batch of better-than-expected economic reports and merger activity.
Bonds traded mostly higher on Tuesday after the US government's auction of two-year Treasury notes, the first of three debt auctions this week.
European shares closed slightly higher on Tuesday, as the U.K.'s FTSE Index rose after being closed for a public holiday.
The euro recovered early losses on Monday after European election results saw gains for Eurosceptics but did not deliver a serious domestic blow to some European governments.
Oil prices fell, as traders booked profit in the wake of Ukraine's election, with the dip expected to be short-lived.
The British pound sank on Tuesday after weak lending data added to concerns over a European election win for the anti-EU UKIP party.
Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday on the latest flare-up of tensions in the South China Sea and the prospect of further monetary easing in Europe.
U.S. stock index futures added to gains Tuesday after the long holiday weekend as investors cheered a better-than-expected durable goods orders report.
European shares were higher Monday as investors reacted to the results of European Parliament elections and presidential elections in Ukraine.
Gold held below $1,300 an ounce on Monday, but a Ukraine election win could undermine the precious metal's safe haven status.
Brent crude fell below $110 a barrel on Monday, as worries over Ukraine eased slightly after its presidential election.
Stocks rose modestly on Thursday, extending the prior day's rally.
As the gears of the global economy continue to slow, the U.S. has—so far—bucked the trend. But it can't do so forever.
China's economy is slowing as global demand remains too low for its manufacturing capacity and labor costs rise, Peter Baum said.
Central banks in Europe and China on Friday announced moves to ease credit. But the action may have limited impact.