U.S. bonds fell slightly, as investors readied for less bond-buying by the Federal Reserve next year.
European markets closed slightly higher in a shortened session, completing their most successful year of this decade.
Gold ended lower on Monday, heading for its biggest annual loss in more than three decades at nearly 30 percent.
Brent ended 2013 nearly unchanged following turbulent year in the Mideast and Africa, while U.S. crude ended up 7 percent.
Gold's loss of luster in 2013 is confirmed as the precious metal registers its worst annual fall in over 30 years.
Stocks closed little changed on Monday, with the S&P 500 readying for its largest yearly rise since 1997.
Europe shares closed Monday lower, but the region's stock indexes are still on track to post their biggest annual gains in four years.
Wall Street looked set to build on this year's record gains, with stock index futures pointing to a higher market open.
Gold settled higher on Thursday, but was still set for its biggest annual loss in decades as investors switch to rallying equities.
Crude oil futures tumbled, on signals that output from Libya may be starting to recover and concerns over debt in China.
The euro rose broadly, driven by euro zone banks drawing back foreign-held assets before year-end and the ECB chief's comments.
Japanese equities rose to a new six-year closing high on it's final trading day of the year after dollar-yen hit new multi-year highs.
Stocks closed little changed on Friday.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Thursday, after the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 closed at new highs the day before Christmas.
U.S. stock index futures signaled an anemic open early on Friday, with Asian and European shares trading higher.
Crude oil futures slipped in light volume, as traders booked profits after three days of gains ahead of Christmas.
European shares closed higher on Friday after the two-day Christmas break, with trading thin as investors gear up for the New Year.
Gold settled marginally higher on physical buying, but it was on track for its biggest annual loss in more than 30 years.
U.S. crude topped $100 per barrel on Friday, as U.S. oil stockpiles tumbled sharply in the latest week.
Stocks in Japan and China rose in holiday-thinned trading on Wednesday following a positive lead from Wall Street.
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