European stocks closed at five-year highs on Monday, boosted by the news that Larry Summers had withdrawn his name from the race to succeed Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve chairman.
Global oil prices fell on Monday, after U.S. and Russian officials reached a weekend deal to remove Syria's chemical weapons, easing investor worries.
Gold settled higher on Monday, with markets expecting the Federal Reserve to begin tapering its commodity-boosting monetary stimulus soon.
The dollar fell to a four-week low on Monday after former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers withdrew his name as a candidate to lead the Federal Reserve.
Asian equities outside of Shanghai rose on Monday after Lawrence Summers pulled out of the race to lead the Federal Reserve but trading volumes were thin with Japanese markets shut for a holiday.
Stocks closed higher Friday, with the Dow posting its second best weekly gain this year, as investors looked ahead to next week's Federal Reserve policy meeting and shrugged off an earlier batch of tepid economic reports.
Futures for the U.S. Treasury 10-year note leaped over a full point as investors took yields lower after Larry Summers withdrew his name from the Fed chief race.
European shares closed higher on Friday, despite investors' caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's meeting next week.
Gold fell to a five-week low on Friday, heading for its weakest week in two months on prospects the US would curb its stimulus soon.
Brent crude oil fell below $112 a barrel on Friday after the U.S. and Russian foreign ministers agreed to push for a conference to end Syria's civil war.
The dollar weakened against the euro and yen as investors adjusted positions ahead of the weekend and next week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy-setting meeting.
Asian equities were lower on the final trading day of the week due to profit-taking and caution ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week but Japan bucked the trend on media reports of Lawrence Summers as the next Fed chief.
Stocks closed near their lows Thursday after crawling along the flatline for most of the session in lackluster trading, as investors paused after the recent market run-up and ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy-setting meeting.
European shares closed down, but off session lows on Thursday, after investor confidence took a hit earlier in the session.
The dollar fell from a seven-week high as U.S. bond yields declined and as investors speculated the Fed will be cautious in reducing its stimulus.
Global oil prices climbed for a second straight day, with U.S. oil ending more than $1 higher as investors monitored diplomatic efforts to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
Gold prices fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday ahead of a Fed meeting next week.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Thursday as risk appetite was dampened by fears of a reduction in the Federal Reserve's stimulus program.
The Dow and S&P 500 finished near session highs Wednesday, with the S&P logging its seventh-consecutive session in positive territory. But the Nasdaq ended lower, dragged by Apple's sharp decline.
U.S. Treasurys prices rose on Wednesday due to strong investor demand at a $21 billion auction of 10-year notes.
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