Stocks finished at session lows Monday, posting their sharpest one-day drop this year, as disappointing economic data from China triggered a selloff in commodities.
The yen rose from recent multi-year lows against the dollar and euro on Monday amid renewed worries about the global economy.
Brent crude oil sank to a nine-month low on Monday, after bleak Chinese and U.S. data stoked worries of a slowdown in economic growth in the world's top oil consumers.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys rose on Monday on disappointing economic data from the United States and China, with gains accelerating after explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon fueled a bid for safety.
Gold plummeted more than 9 percent, and settled down more $140 per ounce, as investors ditched the precious metal en masse in search for better returns in other assets.
European shares closed lower on Monday, after news of an unexpected slowdown in China sparked a commodities sell-off.
Gold prices continued to plummet Monday on Cyprus selling concerns, Dennis Gartman, editor of The Gartman Letter, told CNBC.
Many gold producers will struggle to stay afloat if the gold price slumps below $1,200 analysts have told CNBC.
Asian stock markets pared back some of their losses on Tuesday, after they were initially hurt by a sharp sell-off in commodities and concerns about the outlook for growth in the world's biggest two economies.
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Disappointing Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) data led major Asian benchmarks lower on Monday, as investors fretted over slowing growth in China.
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Stocks recovered from their lows but still finished slightly lower Friday, weighed by a batch of disappointing economic reports and a day after the Dow and S&P 500 posted record highs.
Prices for U.S. Treasurys rallied on Friday as data showing a surprise decline in consumer spending in March darkened investors' view on the U.S. economy.
The dollar declined from a four-year peak against the yen Friday after a fall in U.S. retail sales reinforced expectations the Fed will keep its monetary policy loose.
Brent crude oil sank to an eight-month low on Friday, as the outlook for global oil demand growth dimmed, although an improvement in U.S. jobs data put a floor under prices.
Gold settled close to $1,500 per ounce, a drop of more than 20 percent from its record 2011 highs, putting it in bear market territory for the first time after 12 years of gains.
European shares closed down on Friday after the release of retail sales data in the U.S. which showed a fall in March consumer spending.
Japanese stock markets took a breather on Friday from this week's rally, while most other Asian indices closed lower.
The dollar rose to another four-year high against the yen on Thursday, closing in on the key 100 yen level.
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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