Market Overview Asia Pacific
U.S. stock index futures turned higher on Friday, helped by strong earnings reports from two sector bellwether stocks.
U.S. Treasurys rose on Friday as housing and industrial production data came in largely as expected and as trading volumes were light.
Crude rose, with Brent oil reversing course from a two-month low, driven higher by demand for heating fuels and rising gasoline prices.
Gold settled higher and snagged a modest weekly gain after a string of US data showed more strength in the recovery of the world's largest economy.
The dollar rose after fresh data supported the view the US economy is improving enough to keep the Fed's stimulus-reducing measures on track.
Trade in Asian equity markets was subdued on Friday after underwhelming U.S. earnings results pulled the plug on Wall Street's two-day rally.
Stocks rose on Wednesday as manufacturing in the New York region expanded.
Gold closed lower after strong US data and optimistic global growth prospects prompted a rally in the dollar and equities.
U.S. stocks ended lower on Thursday as Best Buy Co. fell sharply.
US Treasurys gained after inflation data came in as expected and amid strength in German government debt and overnight demand for safe-haven US debt.
US Treasury prices edged up, extending Friday's rally after employers added far fewer jobs in December than traders and economists had expected.
European equities closed higher on Tuesday, despite a string of disappointing statements on Wall Street.
Gold ended higher, after mixed US economic numbers weighed on the dollar, but the metal was still seen vulnerable to further losses.
U.S. crude ended near flat, as expectations of more supply competed with data and a large drop in stockpiles.
The Australian dollar tumbled to its lowest level since mid-2010 against a firmer U.S. dollar on Thursday.
Asian stocks enjoyed a strong rebound on Wednesday as investors cheered a brightening picture of the global economy, but Chinese shares underperformed.
The yen and Australian dollar nursed heavy losses early on Wednesday, having suffered a swift turnaround in fortunes as a shakeout in long dollar positions came to an abrupt end following upbeat U.S. retail sales data.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a weaker open on Wall Street on Thursday, ahead of another wave of key fourth-quarter earnings.
Gold settled lower on Tuesday due to a rise in equities and uncertainty over the U.S. growth outlook after a disappointing jobs report last week.
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