Gold settled at its loftiest level since mid-April on Tuesday as bets that record-low interest rates will persist buoyed stocks.
Oil dipped as investor attention shifted back to demand after both China and the U.S. released manufacturing data.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wednesday, after the publication of the ADP jobs report.
A UK factory survey adds to evidence that Britain's consumer-led recovery is becoming more balanced and sustainable.
Stocks fell on Friday after a report on consumer confidence.
European markets closed slightly lower on Thursday, after trading narrowly in and out of positive territory throughout the day.
Asian stocks fell on Wednesday as geopolitical concerns over Iraq overshadowed better-than-expected U.S. data.
European markets finished slightly up on Friday afternoon, after wobbling around the flat line throughout the day.
Gold held near a two-month high, and looked set to post its second quarterly gain as geopolitical tensions boosted its safe-haven appeal.
Oil futures weakened for a third straight session Monday on increased confidence that unrest in Iraq would not interrupt the country's oil exports.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Monday, with Dow lower and the S&P 500 showing the longest streak of quarterly gains since 1998.
The euro held near a six-week high against the dollar on Tuesday, threatening a break past $1.37.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open at the start of the week, with housing market data out on Monday.
Treasury yields eased at the end of a week of steady price gains fueled by worries that U.S. economic growth may be slower than policymakers say.
Crude was little changed as investors moved to square positions on reduced concerns over exports from strife-torn Iraq.
Gold settled higher on Friday, posting its fourth straight weekly gain, as weak US data on consumer spending hurt the dollar.
The dollar looked set for a second week of losses on Friday, after a string of poor U.S. economic data that gave investors no reason to expect higher interest rates soon.
Asian equity markets kicked off the week with modest gains on Monday as traders brace for a week full of event risk.
Stocks fell Thursday after data showed spending rising less than forecast in May.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on the last trading day of the week, following weak U.S. data and hawkish Fed comments.
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