European shares closed lower on Thursday with investors reacting to quarterly earnings and some disappointing data from the euro zone.
Gold held above $1,300 an ounce, supported by geopolitical tensions and the Federal Reserve's policy meeting this week.
Gold settled near a six-week low on Thursday, ignoring sharp losses in the S&P 500 equities index.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday as profit-taking overshadowed robust U.S. economic data overnight.
The dollar hovered around 10-month highs ahead of U.S. jobs data on Friday.
Asian equity markets were mostly higher on Wednesday ahead of key risk events in the United States.
Stock futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street after data had the economy growing 4 percent in the second quarter.
Stocks turned mostly lower Wednesday as better-than-expected growth in the second quarter fostered talk of Fed rate hikes.
U.S. stock-index futures ticked lower on Thursday, as investors awaited a blast of earnings and the usual weekly jobless figures.
Bond yields rose on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve announced that it will taper another $10 billion.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday, as investors reacted to fresh sanctions against Russia, big-name earnings and U.S. GDP.
Gold was trading in a tight range below $1,300 an ounce, as investors nervously awaited the end of a Federal Reserve policy meeting.
The U.S. dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies on Thursday after labor market data fueled expectations for a hawkish Fed.
Oil prices fell amid excess supplies in Europe and Asia, and despite a larger-than-expected drop in nationwide stockpiles.
The dollar rose against a basket of currencies on Wednesday, after the Fed announced it will cut its asset buying program by another $10 billion.
Stocks fell Tuesday as geopolitical issues came back into play, offsetting upbeat earnings.
Bond prices were higher on Tuesday after the U.S. government's auction of five-year Treasury notes, the second of three debt auctions this week.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday, as investors reacted to corporate earnings while keeping an eye for fresh sanctions against Russia.
Oil fell as weak demand in Europe and Asia and ample supply in the Atlantic basin outweighed political drama in Ukraine and the Middle East.
Fears over Ukraine unrest and an upcoming slew of US data are also pushing some currencies slightly down against the dollar.
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