Asian markets were mixed on Thursday with the Nikkei at fresh six-year highs while mainland shares were dragged down by steep losses in financials.
European equities closed marginally higher as upbeat U.S. economic sentiment continued to buoy sentiment in Europe, but with the holidays approaching, trading was thin.
Asian equity markets rose on Monday following record closes on Wall Street last week but trading volumes were thin with Japan closed for a holiday.
U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, with Wall Street continuing its record-setting advance.
Treasury yields edged higher, touching their 2-year high of 3 percent, in light trading as most investors stayed out of the market after the holiday.
Brent oil rose to a two-week high, as conflict in South Sudan threatened the country's oil output.
Gold hovered around $1,200 as activity slowed before Christmas, while signs of a steady U.S. economic recovery could deter investor interest.
U.S. stock-index futures tilted higher on Tuesday after orders for U.S. durable goods rose 3.5 percent in November.
Stocks closed near unchanged on Thursday, with the Dow rising to a record, as investors sorted through mixed data.
Gold closed more than 3 percent lower at its lowest closing price since August 2010 as the Fed cut its stimulus.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to further Wall Street gains on Monday, following last week's strong third-quarter growth number.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the Dow industrials again notching record closes.
Gold settled lower on Monday, on course for its largest annual loss in 32 years.
U.S. stock index futures ticked higher on Friday, with the Dow continuing to break records.
The dollar rose on Tuesday in thin pre-holiday trade as increasing evidence of a solid recovery in the United States reinforced convictions the Federal Reserve will continue to step away from its bond buying stimulus.
Gold settled higher after a retreat in the dollar helped prices recover.
Gold settled higher on Friday, after an early dip to a six-month low, but is still on track for its largest annual loss in 32 years.
U.S. stocks climbed on Monday, with the Dow industrials and S&P 500 furthering their record advance.
European equities closed higher for a fourth consecutive session on Monday, as upbeat U.S. sentiment data buoyed investors' spirits.
European equities closed higher on Wednesday, as investors prepared for the outcome of the Fed's final policy meeting of the year.
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