The report boded well for Thursday's U.S. nonfarm payrolls report, and provided a boost to the dollar.
Asian equity markets ended Wednesday trade with gains following upbeat U.S. economic data overnight.
U.S. stocks jumped on Tuesday, with the Dow rising to within two points of 17,000.
U.S. Treasury prices edged higher as the markets erased their losses after mixed economic data.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Wednesday as the Dow and S&P 500 pushed into uncharted territory ahead of a government jobs report.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday with investors buoyed by upbeat Chinese and U.S. economic data, and a settlement by BNP Paribas.
European shares closed flat on Monday, at the start of a week packed with important economic data.
Gold settled at its loftiest level since mid-April on Tuesday as bets that record-low interest rates will persist buoyed stocks.
Oil dipped as investor attention shifted back to demand after both China and the U.S. released manufacturing data.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wednesday, after the publication of the ADP jobs report.
A UK factory survey adds to evidence that Britain's consumer-led recovery is becoming more balanced and sustainable.
Stocks fell on Friday after a report on consumer confidence.
European markets closed slightly lower on Thursday, after trading narrowly in and out of positive territory throughout the day.
Asian stocks fell on Wednesday as geopolitical concerns over Iraq overshadowed better-than-expected U.S. data.
European markets finished slightly up on Friday afternoon, after wobbling around the flat line throughout the day.
Gold held near a two-month high, and looked set to post its second quarterly gain as geopolitical tensions boosted its safe-haven appeal.
Oil futures weakened for a third straight session Monday on increased confidence that unrest in Iraq would not interrupt the country's oil exports.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Monday, with Dow lower and the S&P 500 showing the longest streak of quarterly gains since 1998.
The euro held near a six-week high against the dollar on Tuesday, threatening a break past $1.37.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open at the start of the week, with housing market data out on Monday.
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