Gold settled higher as the dollar turned lower after another batch of weak US data.
The National Association of Realtors delivered some bad news, sending the euro back up against the dollar.
An upbeat handover from Wall Street on Thursday inspired gains in most Asian shares on Friday.
U.S. stock index futures traded cautiously on Wednesday ahead of the release of minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting.
After a most choppy session, Asian stocks closed lower on the first trading day of the week.
Stocks drifted higher to close at session highs Thursday, with the S&P nearing its all-time high, as investors seemed to shrug off a mixed bag of economic and earnings reports.
U.S. stock index futures traded higher on Friday ahead of home sales data and speeches from Federal Reserve officials.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower Wall Street open on Thursday, ahead of a busy day for both quarterly earnings and economic data.
US yields rose back to the higher end of their recent range as traders reported an uptick in investors prepared for new Treasury supply next week.
U.S. crude oil rose as freezing weather boosted heating oil demand, while Brent climbed on political tensions in Africa and Venezuela.
European stocks closed lower on Thursday, with sentiment remaining fragile after poor data from China and France.
The euro hit a 7-week high versus the struggling dollar, weighed by soft data and news that foreign investors are selling US assets.
A still fragile outlook for the European economy and strong US economic growth helped push the greenback up.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Thursday after preliminary data showed that Chinese manufacturing activity slowed to a 7-month low in February.
U.S. bonds pushed higher on Wednesday, boosted by a "safe haven" bid from investors ahead of minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting.
Crude rose as robust demand for heating purposes from North America and a weak dollar offset concerns over disappointing U.S. data.
Gold ended higher on Tuesday, overcoming the drag of profit-taking due to a weaker U.S. dollar and concerns over global economic growth.
European stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, with worse-than-expected jobs data slightly weighing on the U.K.'s FTSE 100.
Gold came off 3-1/2-month highs hit in the previous session as investors reaped profits and physical buying subsided.
Gold slipped on Thursday as the dollar firmed after minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting indicated support for continued tapering.
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