European stocks closed higher on Monday, with a rally in mining stocks helping the U.K.'s FTSE 100 to post healthy gains of over 1 percent.
Brent crude oil steadied above $109 a barrel on Monday, supported by a weak dollar, supply disruptions and a severe winter across North America that has boosted heating demand.
Gold hit a 3-1/2 month peak on Monday as fears over U.S. economic growth and a weaker dollar added to the metals' safe-haven appeal.
The dollar slipped to a six-week low on Monday as soft U.S. economic data stood in contrast to better figures out of the euro zone and China.
Stocks capped the week with impressive gains as investors seemed to shrug off a batch of mixed economic reports. All three major averages posting their biggest weekly gain of the year.
U.S. bonds retraced the previous day's ranges, in the wake of more data hit by poor weather.
European stocks closed higher on Friday with sentiment boosted by better-than-expected growth data from the euro zone.
Gold settled higher, posting its biggest weekly gain in six months as a series of weak U.S. data this week raised fears about economic growth.
Crude eased on Friday as downbeat U.S. economic data outweighed supply disruptions in Libya and Angola.
German and French economic growth numbers helped boost the euro to a near three week high against a dollar weakened by soft U.S. data.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday with Japan hitting a one-week low while the rest of the region gained on higher-than-expected Chinese inflation.
U.S. stock index futures fluctuated Friday, ahead of more economic data which analysts fear may have been hit by the poor weather.
U.S. stocks turned higher on Thursday after economic reports.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a lower open ahead of retail sales data and earnings from PepsiCo.
Treasurys rose after two days of losses as softer-than expected US data rekindled the view that the Fed could pause in reducing its asset buying.
Asian equity markets rose on Monday following a strong lead from Wall Street on Friday while investors shrugged off weak economic data from Japan.
European stocks closed lower on Thursday, failing to build on a six-session rally, with investor sentiment curbed by earnings releases.
Crude prices slipped, pressured by an expected dip in demand during the refinery maintenance season and a rise in U.S. jobless claims.
Gold settled at a three-month high, breaking above $1,300 after disappointing US economic figures further hurt the dollar and equity markets.
Recent announcements from the Fed have not pushed the dollar up as much as hoped, while the Aussie and the Swedish crown dived as well.
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