Crude oil futures tumbled, on signals that output from Libya may be starting to recover and concerns over debt in China.
The euro rose broadly, driven by euro zone banks drawing back foreign-held assets before year-end and the ECB chief's comments.
Japanese equities rose to a new six-year closing high on it's final trading day of the year after dollar-yen hit new multi-year highs.
Stocks closed little changed on Friday.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Thursday, after the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 closed at new highs the day before Christmas.
U.S. stock index futures signaled an anemic open early on Friday, with Asian and European shares trading higher.
Crude oil futures slipped in light volume, as traders booked profits after three days of gains ahead of Christmas.
European shares closed higher on Friday after the two-day Christmas break, with trading thin as investors gear up for the New Year.
Gold settled marginally higher on physical buying, but it was on track for its biggest annual loss in more than 30 years.
U.S. crude topped $100 per barrel on Friday, as U.S. oil stockpiles tumbled sharply in the latest week.
Stocks in Japan and China rose in holiday-thinned trading on Wednesday following a positive lead from Wall Street.
The euro jumped to its strongest level against the dollar in more than two years on Friday as banks adjusted positions for the year end.
Asian stocks rose on Friday as Japan's Nikkei index logged a fresh six-year high on the back of a weak yen.
Asian equity markets cheered another record close on Wall Street overnight, led by fresh six-year highs on Japan's benchmark index.
Crude oil edged higher, boosted by rising gasoline and ultra low-sulfur diesel prices, which soared to more than three-month highs.
The dollar hit a five-year high against the yen on Thursday on expectations the U.S. economy will continue a solid recovery.
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.
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