Japanese shares reversed gains on Thursday amid caution over earnings while the rest of Asian equities ended higher on bargain hunting.
Gold settled nearly 1 percent higher Monday after last week's wimpy U.S. jobs report raised questions about the economic recovery.
Asian stock markets rose on Monday following last week's rally on Wall Street as investors brushed off a worse-than-expected U.S. jobs report.
Asian equities rose on Tuesday but trade was subdued as investors awaited a speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
U.S. stocks rose on Friday after the unemployment rate fell and payrolls climbed less than predicted.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a lower Wall Street open on Monday, despite gains in global shares.
U.S. government yields fell after U.S. payrolls data disappointed Wall Street with modest job growth.
European equities closed higher for a second day on Friday, as investors brushed off a worse-than-expected U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.
Oil futures were supported by positive U.S. economic data, a rise in gas futures and strikes at oil ports in France that curbed supplies.
Crude rose by more than $1 on tighter supplies and rising heating oil and gasoline prices amid continued cold weather in the U.S.
Japanese equities led the gains in Asia on the final trading day of the week on optimism ahead of January's U.S. jobs report.
U.S. stocks were up after a report had applications for jobless benefits falling.
U.S. stock index futures turned lower on Friday, after the government's crucial non-farm payrolls jobs report came in below expectations.
U.S. government bonds were lower on Thursday, unmoved by a clutch of data as markets geared up for the all-important monthly jobs report.
European equities were higher after both the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England kept their main interest rates unchanged.
U.S. bonds edged lower on Tuesday, ahead of the publication of more factory data.
Crude rose as traders took profit on a spread trade with U.S. oil, which itself was supported by record heating oil demand.
Gold scored a modest gain on Thursday, held in check by both a firmer tone to stock markets and caution ahead of a U.S. jobs report on Friday.
The dollar see-sawed after a weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report on Friday.
Global currency markets trod water ahead of interest rate decisions in Britain and the euro zone on Thursday.
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