Asian stocks rose on Tuesday as fears over a credit squeeze in China eased.
Oil rose on Wednesday as outlook reports indicated global oil demand will rise more quickly this year.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to another steep loss on Friday, with European and Asian shares trading lower.
Gold settled lower on Wednesday, leaving U.S. growth prospects and expectations for further Federal Reserve stimulus reduction to dominate sentiment.
Asian equities were mixed on Wednesday after the Bank of Japan's policy decision.
U.S. stocks mostly fell on Tuesday as investors welcomed earnings from Delta Air Lines and Verizon Communications.
Gold settled about 1 percent lower on Tuesday amid higher equities and worries that physical demand could ease due to the recent rally.
The dollar rose versus the yen on Tuesday, helped by renewed talk that the U.S. Federal Reserve may announce a further taper next week.
U.S. stocks were mixed on Friday, as Wall Street gauged corporate earnings.
U.S. Treasury prices slipped on Tuesday with benchmark yields edging up from five-week lows.
European equities closed lower on Monday after data showed that growth in China continued to slow.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, when trading will be dominated by earnings from a host of major companies.
Brent crude edged lower towards $106 per barrel on Monday, weighed down by data which showed China's oil consumption slowed in 2013.
Gold climbed to its highest in nearly six weeks on Monday as a dip in equities lifted the metal's safe-haven appeal and improved investor confidence.
The euro recovered slightly from a two-month low against the dollar on Monday, helped by higher short-term market interest rates.
Brent crude reversed early losses, following U.S. oil higher as crude inventories posted their steepest drop in more than a month last week.
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.
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