Gold eased on Tuesday, but held above $1,300 an ounce as escalating global tensions burnished its safe-haven appeal.
Asian equity markets rose on Tuesday as geopolitical concerns in eastern Ukraine and the Gaza strip eased.
The euro hit an eight-month low against the dollar on Wednesday as worries drove investors away from the single currency.
Stocks declined Monday as global disapproval of Russia increased after the downing of a passenger plane in Ukraine.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a flat-to-higher start to trade on Wednesday, with earnings due early from Boeing and PepsiCo.
U.S. Treasury prices continued to rise on Monday on safe haven demand heightened by investor caution over unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine.
European shares closed lower on Monday as sentiment remained subdued due to the ongoing tensions in Gaza and Ukraine.
Gold steadied above $1,300, aided by anticipation of increased geopolitical risks as the U.S. began demanding answers from Russia after MH17.
Oil rallied as investors closely watched an intensifying crisis with Moscow over the downing of a civilian jet in Ukraine.
Asian stocks ended Monday mostly lower due to ongoing geopolitical tensions while volumes were light with Japan shut for a public holiday.
Stocks rose Friday, with the S&P 500 rebounding from its largest drop since April 10.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Monday, with investor sentiment subdued due to the ongoing turmoil in Gaza and Ukraine.
US Treasury yields held to lows, taking in stride weaker-than-expected data and keeping the safe-haven flows from tension in Ukraine and Israel.
European shares pared losses to close mixed on Friday with investors cautious after a passenger jetliner was shot down in eastern Ukraine.
Gold dipped on profit-taking after a sharp overnight jump, but the metal is being supported by a wave of risk aversion.
Crude turned lower as investors took some profits from the previous day's gains even as tensions between Russia and the West remained high.
The yen hit a five-month high versus the euro - and held some of its gains against the dollar - as investors saw the currency as a safe haven.
Asian stocks were mostly lower on Friday after the crash of a passenger plane in Ukraine and an offensive in Gaza sparked geopolitical tensions.
The euro regained ground on the dollar, but trading was not energetic thanks to a holiday in Japan and geopolitical tensions.
Stocks declined Thursday, with the Dow retreating from its record, after reports that a Malaysian plane had been shot down over Ukraine.
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