Stocks kicked off the first trading day of the month and quarter with modest gains, lifted by an upbeat manufacturing activity report and as investors seemed to shrug off the first partial government shutdown since 1996.
U.S. Treasurys prices fell, as traders reduced their safe-haven bond holdings on expectations that the government shutdown would be brief.
European shares closed higher as investors shrugged off the U.S. government shutdown and as fears eased of a government collapse in Italy.
Gold settled 3 percent lower on Tuesday, with the safe-haven metal ending at its lowest level in almost two months.
Oil fell to its lowest level in nearly two months on Tuesday, on worries that a shutdown of the U.S. government will crimp demand in the world's largest oil consumer.
The dollar traded broadly lower on Tuesday, but came off its deepest lows of the day after robust U.S. manufacturing data offset fears that the U.S. government's first partial shutdown in 17 years would clip the economic recovery.
Asian stocks held onto modest gains on Tuesday after the U.S. began the first partial federal shutdown since 1996.
Stocks finished sharply lower Monday, as the budget impasse in Washington threatened the first government shutdown in nearly 17 years, but major indexes still capped a rocky month and quarter with robust gains.
European shares closed lower on Monday, with Italian stocks leading the fall after a series of cabinet resignations that could trigger an election.
Crude ended September with its first monthly decline since May, as a looming U.S. government shutdown clouded the outlook for demand.
Gold fell on Monday amid worries about a US government shutdown. It's is headed for its best quarter in a year but the overall outlook is weak.
The euro hit a five month low versus the Swiss franc on Monday as political tensions in Italy escalated, while investors shunned the dollar ahead of a government shutdown.
Asian stocks experienced a broad sell-off on Monday over weak Chinese factory data and worries about a shutdown of the U.S. government.
Stocks finished in the red Friday, with major averages closing lower for the first week in three, as mounting concerns of a potential government shutdown spooked Wall Street.
U.S. Treasurys prices rose on Friday, driven by safe-haven demand on concerns about a possible U.S. government shutdown.
European shares closed down on Friday, as a growing political crisis in Italy weighed on sentiment, combined with continual U.S. debt worries.
Brent crude oil fell in volatile trading on Friday, on track for its third straight weekly loss as diplomatic strides drained geopolitical risk premium from the markets.
Gold settled more than 1 percent higher on Friday as wrangling over the U.S. budget stoked buying interest.
A broadly weaker dollar hit a 7-1/2 month low against the safe-haven Swiss franc, hurt by wrangling over the U.S. budget and a lack of clarity over the Federal Reserve's stimulus.
Asian equities ended the week mostly higher but trade was rangebound due to worries over a U.S. government shutdown.
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