Brent eased below $106 a barrel after U.S. crude oil stocks swelled to the highest level in more than two decades and dented the outlook for demand in the world's top consumer.
U.S. Treasurys prices slumped on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's March policy meeting fueled fears the U.S. central bank might slow or end its bond purchases by year-end.
Cyprus plans to sell 400 million euros' worth of reserves to finance part of its bailout, according to European Commission documents. The move marks the biggest euro zone bullion sale in four years.
European shares extended gains to close sharply higher on Wednesday, with investor sentiment boosted by U.S. stocks reaching record highs and a successful Italian bond auction.
It is too soon for the Federal Reserve to consider tapering or halting its asset purchases, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said on Wednesday.
Goldman Sachs downgraded its 2013 price target for gold and advised investors to short the precious metal, in a commodities report out on Wednesday.
Most of Asia closed higher on Wednesday even as tensions with North Korea escalated, while the Shanghai market was almost flat after China logged a surprise trade deficit.
The world's biggest bond fund manager Bill Gross has had a change of heart on Treasurys, raising allocations to U.S.government bonds.
As first-quarter earnings season kicks off, negative company warnings have outpaced positive revisions nearly five-to-one.
Gold rose on Tuesday as volatility in the currency market triggered by Japan's aggressive monetary easing plan lifted bullion's appeal as a hedge against inflation and currency fluctuations.
The dollar edged down from a near four-year high against the yen on Tuesday as traders booked profits on its sharp rally, but the yen's weakening trend remained intact.
Prices for longer-dated U.S. Treasurys slid on Tuesday as investors extended a selloff after last week's rally and before debt auctions later in the week.
Crude oil reversed early losses on Tuesday, after the Energy Information Agency raised its price forecast for Brent, which overwhelmed earlier concerns about faltering global growth.
European shares closed mixed on Tuesday, with upward momentum coming from the basic resources sector as benign Chinese inflation data raised hopes of further monetary easing by Beijing.
U.S. stock index futures edged higher Tuesday, lifted by upbeat economic data from Europe and China and following Alcoa's earnings report.
Asian stock markets traded higher on Tuesday with Japanese stocks hitting near five-year highs as investors shifted their focus to the first quarter earnings season that is expected to show modest growth.
With earnings season a potential negative for stocks, traders are even more vigilant than usual for news on the direction of the economy.
It's a long stretch to set this as a target, but any sustained breakout above 102 has 111 as the next target, says this chartist.
The yen plummeted to its lowest against the dollar in nearly four years and reached a three-year trough versus the euro on Monday after the Bank of Japan kicked off its aggressive monetary easing program in an attempt to beat persistent deflation.
Gold fell on Monday as a stronger performance in U.S. equities and a dollar rise prompted investors to take profits after its rally in the previous session.
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.
Standard & Poor's decision to cut Spain's credit rating to one notch above junk status is weighing on markets.
Asian shares dipped on Tuesday following losses on Wall Street after U.S. manufacturing activity hit a three-year low in November.
As the Chinese boom slows Hermes, Remy and other posh names are still going full throttle in Asia.
The worst US drought in over 50 years is pushing commodity prices to record highs.