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.
Gains in Asia continued for a second session on Thursday but momentum was tepid due to a lack of fresh catalysts as investors look ahead to the Bank of Japan's policy decision due Friday.
Gold is clawing its way back up amid signs that demand for the precious metal is soaring a week after a massive sell-off sent prices to their lowest level in more than two years.
The global economy is showing signs of slowing yet global stock markets are back near their highs for the year on growing expectations the ECB will soon join other central banks with a more expansionary policy.
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The euro rose against the dollar on Wednesday, reversing a drop to a near three-week low earlier in the global session.
U.S. Treasurys prices edged up on Wednesday as unexpectedly weak data on durable goods and a wobbly stock market supported safe-haven demand for bonds.
Gold rose as physical demand encouraged speculative buying after the previous session's drop, while support also came from weak German economic data which fueled prospects the European Central Bank (ECB) could cut interest rates.
Crude oil prices rose with Brent gaining more than $1 a barrel and U.S. crude up nearly $2 as stockpiles of gasoline declined in top consumer the United States, but gains were checked by the prospect of slowing fuel demand in major economies.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday, after weak German business sentiment data spurred hopes the ECB might move to cut interest rates when it meets next week.
U.S. stock index futures shaved their early gains following a weaker-than-expected durable goods orders report and as Apple shares weighed.
Asia's stock markets saw a return of risk appetite on Wednesday as major regional indices rose to fresh highs, boosted by a 1 percent rally on Wall Street.
Apple briefly got some of its shine back, after it delivered a package of capital programs that shareholders have been clamoring for.
Brent crude oil edged down in reaction to weak manufacturing data in China and Europe, but it closed above $100 a barrel for the second straight day as it drew some support from strong gains in U.S. equity markets.
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.
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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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