Stocks could end the week with a record close in the S&P 500, setting up the index for a run at its all time high in the not too distant future.
The dollar fell from a seven-month high against a basket of currencies on Thursday as some traders bet it may have rallied too quickly.
Brent crude traded around $109 a barrel, weighed by a subdued outlook for demand growth in top consumers the United States and China, while a firm dollar added pressure on prices.
Long-dated Treasurys prices slipped slightly on Thursday after improved labor market data and stock market gains undermined the appeal of lower-risk government debt.
Gold inched higher, recouping some earlier losses in line with a firmer euro and bouts of physical buying in some parts of Asia, although signs the U.S. economy is on a better footing were however curbing further gains.
European shares rose on Thursday, resuming the two-week rally that has propelled indexes to multi-year highs.
The top U.S. derivatives regulator has started internal discussions on whether the daily setting of gold and silver prices in London is open to manipulation, the Wall Street Journal reported.
A long term bear market is around the corner and will last until 2018, with the Dow losing up to 30 percent of its current value, Kerry Balenthiran, author of "The 17.6 Years Stock Market Cycle", told CNBC.
Emerging markets appear to be losing out as investors pile into developed markets on hopes of better economic conditions.
Economists are boosting their outlooks for U.S. growth, but the stock market seems to be stalling after months of gains on expectations for a better economy.
Gold fell on Wednesday as a strong U.S. retail sales report boosted optimism about the U.S. economy.
The dollar climbed to a seven-month high against a basket of currencies on Wednesday as robust U.S. retail sales data bolstered prospects for the world's largest economy.
U.S. Treasury debt prices slipped on news of stronger-than-expected retail sales in February, but nearly all the day's losses were erased after the Treasury's sale of 10-year notes drew strong demand.
Oil traded mixed on Wednesday, but expectations of steady global consumption growth held Brent crude above $109 a barrel.
European shares closed off their lows on Wednesday after retail sales data in the U.S. was released.
Stock index futures erased their early losses to turn higher Wednesday as investors cheered an upbeat retail sales report that showed the biggest gain since last September.
Global oil demand is set to be depressed by weak economic growth throughout 2013 while soaring U.S. oil production gives consumers a cushion to withstand most supply outages, the IEA said.
Asian shares fell on Wednesday as investors took profits for a second straight session on concerns that the region's recent rally may be headed for a correction.
While gold is down about 4 percent since the start of the year, this is just a small fraction of the losses seen in the shares of gold miners.
U.S. retail sales data could be a test for markets Wednesday as it could show how much consumers were hit by a payroll tax hike and a delay in tax returns in early 2013.
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.
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