The euro rose against the dollar and yen on Monday after Italy finally formed a government, ending two months of political uncertainty.
Crude oil rose modestly on Monday, but a shaky outlook for growth in the world's biggest oil consumers encouraged commodities markets to consolidate.
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Gold prices settled higher, due to a weaker dollar and mirroring strong equity markets on prospects of further central bank monetary easing in the United States and Europe, but physical buying slowed as China and Japan were on holiday.
Benchmark U.S. Treasurys prices extended last weeks' rally as investors snapped up safe-haven government bonds on fears that growth in the U.S. economy is slowing.
Trade in Asia's stock markets was relatively quiet on Monday with volume subdued because of holidays in Japan and China while disappointing U.S. economic growth dampened risk appetite.
The dollar fell against the yen on Friday, retreating from a four-year high after the Bank of Japan left policy unchanged and after data showed U.S. economic growth expanded.
Gold settled down on Friday as investors booked profits after a 1 percent rally.
Brent crude oil slid below $103 a barrel after rising $3 in the past two sessions as investors were cautious over the tepid outlook for growth in the world's two largest oil consumers, the United States and China.
European shares closed lower after U.S. growth figures missed expectations pointing to a potential slowdown in the world's biggest economy.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a narrowly higher open on Friday as investors traded cautiously ahead of the release of first quarter U.S. GDP figures.
Asian stock markets traded cautiously on Friday as investors digested a raft of regional corporate earnings and as attention turned to first-quarter U.S. GDP figures for signs of whether the rally on Wall Street can continue.
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The dollar rose against the euro on Thursday as data indicating resilience in the U.S. labor market allayed concerns about the pace of the economic recovery.
U.S. Treasurys prices slipped on Thursday, as better-than-expected labor market data and gains in the stock market nicked the safe haven bid in bonds.
Oil prices rose for a second straight day on Thursday, underpinned by strong U.S. equities markets, while U.S. crude's discount to Brent fell below $10 for the first time since June 2012.
Gold surged more than 2 percent to end at $1,462, boosted by a combination of options-related buying, rising geopolitical tensions and strong physical demand after its selloff.
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Risk appetite returned to European markets on Thursday, as investor confidence got a further boost from the news that the U.K. avoided a triple-dip recession in the first quarter.
U.S. stock index futures were higher Thursday, lifted by a batch of better-than-expected earnings and after an upbeat jobless claims report.
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