an shares ended the day in the green despite some disappointing data from the euro zone, as investors focused on central bank monetary policy.
Gold settled at its lowest level in two months on Thursday as fears about an early interest rate hike by the Fed sparked a technical sell-off.
Crude was lifted by supportive economic data from the United States, after a plentiful supply picture and Chinese data pressured prices.
The euro recovered from a 11-month low against the dollar, helped by better-than-expected German private sector growth data.
Asian stocks traded mixed on Thursday, with Chinese shares significantly lower after a lower-than-expected preliminary reading of mainland manufacturing activity.
Stocks rose Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting.
The U.S. Treasury yield curve flattened on Wednesday, with minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in focus.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Thursday, as the closely-watched Jackson Hole symposium of central bankers gets underway.
European shares closed mostly lower on Wednesday, with investors focused on central bank policy ahead of this week's Jackson Hole symposium.
Central bankers gathered for a three-day meeting in Wyoming that will feature a potentially market-rattling speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Spot gold prices fell after the minutes from the Fed's latest policy meeting showed the it was surprised by how quickly the labor market is healing.
Oil pulled away from multi-month lows, as a drop in U.S. oil inventories momentarily overrode concerns about ample supplies.
Most Asian stocks reversed losses on late Wednesday as traders await the release of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting minutes due later in the day.
Wall Street was seen opening lower on Wednesday, with minutes from the latest Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in focus.
Stocks rose Tuesday after data showed muted inflation and cast an upbeat light on housing.
Prices gained after a report showed CPI rose at its slowest rate in five months during July, while housing starts jumped to an 8-month high.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday, boosted by easing tensions in Ukraine and stellar earnings reports.
U.S. housing starts surged past expectations in July, snapping two straight months of declines.
Gold ended lower on buoyant equities and as the dollar strengthened after upbeat US data, while the market continued to eye geopolitical tensions.
Crude hit multi-month lows on Monday, as weak demand and easing concerns over risks to supply offset fears about geopolitical risk.
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