Stocks finished higher Tuesday, with the Dow approaching a record high, as investors cheered a round of better-than-expected quarterly earnings and largely shrugged off worries over Ukraine.
Crude rebounded on Tuesday, lifted by renewed geopolitical concerns.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Monday with Japanese and Shanghai shares underperforming amid rising geopolitical tensions over Ukraine.
The euro traded at multi-week highs against the yen early on Tuesday and held firm against the dollar after a strong performance overnight.
Stocks fell on Friday as investors watched escalating tension in Ukraine.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open, ahead of first quarter earnings from companies including Twitter and eBay.
European shares closed higher Monday, boosted by mergers and acquisitions activity.
U.S. bonds fell on Tuesday, with investors moving into riskier assets after strong economic data during the previous session.
Oil shrugged off a barrage of threats over the crisis in Ukraine, slipping ahead of the weekend on profit taking and healthy supplies in N. America.
Gold prices ended below $1,300 an ounce on Monday, but were underpinned by concerns that tensions in Ukraine could escalate.
U.S. oil ended higher while Brent crude was hammered below $109, amid signs that Libya may soon reopen a small oil port.
The Treasury auctioned $29 billion in seven-year notes at a high yield of 2.317 percent. The bid-to-cover ratio was 2.60, vs a recent average of 2.55.
Asian shares were mixed on Tuesday while liquidity was thin with Japanese markets shut for a public holiday.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, after Pfizer confirmed it had made a second bid for AstraZeneca.
Stocks rose on Monday, bouncing back after the prior session's drop, amid increased deal activity.
U.S. bonds rose on Friday, as resurging tensions in Ukraine boosted investors' bids for "safe-haven" assets.
Gold ended above $1,300, after hitting its weakest level in 2-1/2 months, as violence in Ukraine weighed on equity markets and the dollar.
Brent crude futures rose on Thursday, holding above $109 per barrel for a fifth straight session.
The dollar struggled against the yen and Swiss Franc as rising tensions in Ukraine offset optimism about U.S. economic growth.
The euro rose to a two-week high against the dollar on Monday, supported by expectations inflation in the euro zone will tick up.
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