Gold extended gains as growing concerns over the global economy prompted safe-haven bids, while the return of China also lifted prices.
The dollar fell to a two-week low against the euro on Wednesday after the minutes of the latest Fed meeting focused on risks to the U.S. economy.
Asian shares were mostly lower on Wednesday following a global rout but Shanghai bucked the trend after a week-long holiday.
Stocks fell Tuesday, extending losses into a second day, amid increased signs of slowing growth in Europe and ahead of earnings.
European shares closed lower on Tuesday, with sentiment curbed by weak economic data from Germany and a downturn on Wall Street.
U.S. sovereign bond prices ticked higher as investors eyed comments from Fed officials and the bank's latest minutes for a clearer idea of policy.
Gold ended higher as its safe-haven appeal increased after the IMF cut its global economic growth forecasts.
The dollar fell to a three week-low against the yen on Tuesday, retracing most of its gains posted last week.
Equities in Asia were mixed on Tuesday as investors focused on central bank decisions in Japan and Australia.
Wall Street looked set to open flat on Wednesday, as the market rout continued in Asian and European stock markets.
U.S. Treasury yields edged lower on weak European economic data and the view that U.S. wage figures could lead to the Fed delaying raising rates.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open on Tuesday, as investors anxiously await the start of third-quarter earnings season.
Stocks fell on Monday, with H&R Block leading declines on the S&P 500.
It was a positive start to the week for stocks in Europe, although the German DAX pared gains following disappointing data from the country.
Gold rose as the dollar's sharp retreat sparked fresh physical demand and short covering after bullion earlier hit a 15-month low.
Crude oil futures reversed course on Monday after a massive sell-off last week and ended higher on a slump in the U.S. dollar.
The dollar paused for breath in early European trade after forecast-beating U.S. jobs data on Friday.
Asian equities were mixed on Monday in holiday-thinned trade following a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report last week.
Wall Street looked set to open higher on Monday, building on the global rally seen after Friday's better-than-expected non-farm payrolls.
Stocks jumped Friday after the payrolls report bolstered a positive view of the U.S. economy.
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