European stocks closed in positive territory on Friday, amid increasing hopes of an ECB bond-buying program and after U.S jobs figures.
U.S. crude oil rose as data showed strong U.S. jobs growth, as investors cast doubt on Libya reopening its oil ports.
Gold ended lower as the dollar firmed after the ECB kept rates on hold and pledged to use unconventional measures to combat low inflation.
The euro was steady against the dollar after the ECB's policy decision, where they failed to cut rates to boost euro zone growth.
Asian stocks kicked off the week lower after heavy losses on Wall Street at the end of last week.
Asian equity markets ended mixed on Friday with investors hesitant to make bets ahead of the U.S. non-farm payrolls report.
U.S. stock index futures continued to hover around the flatline Thursday following a weaker-than-expected jobless claims report ahead of the government's non-farm payrolls data on Friday.
U.S. stock index futures ticked higher across the board Friday following the nonfarm payrolls report.
Stocks failed to end higher in volatile trading Thursday, snapping a four-day win streak, ahead of the widely-watched government jobs report. The Dow and S&P 500 hit record intraday highs earlier in the session.
Bonds traded marginally higher, pushing yields lower as soft US jobless claims and trade data tempered enthusiasm for the building recovery story.
European stock markets pared earlier losses to close higher on Thursday, as European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi adopted an "ultra-dovish" tone.
Asian shares rose on Wednesday after Wall Street shares posted a three-day winning streak on the back of strong data.
A rally pulled U.S. crude to a higher close, as doubts crept in over a lasting deal was imminent to reopen Libyan oil ports.
European stocks closed higher on Tuesday, starting the new quarter in positive fashion.
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday, after positive U.S. jobs data helped to boost global sentiment further.
Gold gained about 1 percent on Wednesday, recouping some strength after two days of losses as investors remained jittery ahead of US jobs data.
Crude fell with Brent tumbling by more than $1 but U.S. crude seeing modest declines as Libyan supply outweighed a drop in stockpiles.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Tuesday, looking to add to gains from the previous session, with the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) manufacturing survey for March in focus.
U.S. stock index futures wavered in a narrow range Wednesday, following the ADP private-sector job report and a day after the S&P 500's record-close.
Stocks held modest gains across the board Tuesday after the S&P 500 briefly shot to a fresh intraday record, as investors digested the latest batch of economic reports.
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