U.S. stocks closed little changed on Thursday, with the S&P touching highs, as investors weighed mostly upbeat earnings and mixed economic reports.
Crude dipped in choppy trading as traders searched for direction amidst political tensions in Ukraine and Gaza.
Treasury debt prices fell after data showed initial jobless claims in the world's largest economy dropped to their lowest in more than eight years,
European shares closed higher on Thursday, after a business activity index showed the euro zone rebounded in July.
Gold ended the trading session lower on Wednesday, pressured by firmer stock markets after positive U.S. data and corporate earnings.
Gold broke below the key psychological level of $1,300 an ounce as safe-haven demand for the metal eased due to strong Chinese manufacturing data.
Asian equity markets ended mixed on Thursday following gains in the morning session as attention turned to the region's earnings season.
U.S. stock index futures held to negative figures on Friday despite a rebound in the durable goods report, with focus on unrest in Ukraine and Gaza.
U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, ahead of one of the heaviest days for U.S. and European second-quarter earnings.
Stocks mostly rose on Wednesday as investors weighed earnings and tracked global events.
U.S. long-term Treasury debt prices edged higher for a third straight session on continued safe-haven demand as global tensions persisted.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday amid corporate earnings news and ongoing turmoil in Gaza and Ukraine.
Oil rose on Wednesday, with U.S. crude outpacing Brent, after oil stockpiles in the United States fell more than expected.
Asian stock markets were mixed on Wednesday as profit-taking offset a positive lead from Wall Street overnight.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, building on gains after CPI rose in June, with sentiment also stabilized by encouraging earnings reports.
Yields fell on Tuesday as benign US inflation data suggested less pressure for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates sooner than expected.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday with investors shrugging off concerns surrounding events in both Gaza and Ukraine.
U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, as developments over the downed Malaysia Airlines plane helped stabilize sentiment.
The U.S. dollar turned flat against the euro, giving up earlier gains which drove the European currency to an eight-month low.
Gold eased on Tuesday, but held above $1,300 an ounce as escalating global tensions burnished its safe-haven appeal.
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