Gold steadied near a two-month high as escalating violence in Iraq and geopolitical tensions supported the metal's safe-haven appeal.
Asian equities finished Monday mixed despite upbeat Chinese economic data and a record close on Wall Street.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Monday, as upbeat data from China failed to boost either Asian or European markets.
Most U.S. Treasury prices edged higher on Friday, though long bond prices rallied, as investors focused on inflation concerns.
European shares finished Friday's session slightly higher, with investors contemplating M&A activity and ongoing tensions in Iraq.
The dollar sank to its weakest level in three weeks on Thursday after a cautious message from the Federal Reserve.
Asian stocks turned mixed on Thursday but dovish comments from the U.S. Federal Reserve managed to support sentiment.
The Australian and New Zealand dollars both jumped on Monday, after a promising China manufacturing survey.
Stocks on Thursday were little moved, a day after rallying on reassurances from the Fed.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat-to-lower open on Friday, after the news that Obama will send 300 military advisers to Iraq.
Treasurys fell on Thursday after the government had to pay more to sell $7 billion in new 30-year Treasuries Inflation-Protected Securities.
Gold ended at a two month high as a lack of commitment by the Fed to raise interest rates sent metal investors rushing to buy back their bearish bets.
U.S. stocks wavered on Monday on strife in Iraq.
Brent crude jumped to a new nine-month high while U.S. oil rose modestly, amid concerns about Iraq's growing violence.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Thursday, after dovish comments from the Federal Reserve.
The dollar reversed some of its losses in a quiet session overnight after upbeat U.S. data helped temper the Federal Reserve's dovish outlook.
U.S. Treasury prices continued a morning rise ahead of the Federal Reserve meeting as investors hedged some bets that bonds are likely to weaken.
European shares closed flat on Wednesday, as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's policy decision.
Spot gold was modestly higher on Wednesday after the Fed announced that it would stay on course with its plan to trim its bond-buying program.
Brent rose past $114 a barrel on worries about exports from Iraq, while U.S. crude dipped as data showeddh smaller draw in domestic stocks.
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