U.S. stock index futures shaved their losses following a better-than-expected jobless claims report, though disappointing earnings from Wal-Mart weighed.
U.S. Treasurys edged lower on Thursday, after a closely watched reading on April inflation showed prices rising.
European shares closed lower on Thursday, as GDP data disappointed.
U.S. bonds rose on Tuesday, with yields falling after lackluster U.S. data fanned new concerns about the pace of the recovery.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday as robust growth figures from the world's third-largest economy failed to lift sentiment.
U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 coming off record highs.
Bond yields fell to six-month lows, breaking out of a recent range, as expectations the ECB will cut rates sparked a global fixed-income rally.
European shares closed mixed on Wednesday, after wavering throughout the day, with investors eyeing European Central Bank policy.
Oil traded near three week highs, supported by a draw on stocks in the United States and the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.
Gold ended above $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday after the dollar and global equities came under pressure.
Asian stock markets kicked off Wednesday mixed, with Australia in focus following the release of the country's federal budget.
Gold ended below $1,300 an ounce on Thursday, as strong US data countered the safe-haven boost from flat European stocks and international turmoil.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat-to-lower open on Wednesday, with investors awaiting April inflation figures.
Stocks were mixed on Tuesday, with the S&P crossing 1,900 for the first time.
European bourses closed higher on Tuesday, after fluctuating near the flat line and posting modest gains.
Gold ended modestly lower after a clutch of U.S. data that fed new fears about economic growth and sparked safe-haven buying demand.
U.S. crude oil futures climbed to two-week highs on expectations for another draw on stocks at contract's delivery point at Cushing, OK.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Tuesday as investors welcomed a record Wall Street finish.
Stocks opened higher on Monday, lifting the S&P 500 to within reach of record territory.
The euro steadied against the dollar on Wednesday and rebounded from a 16-month trough against the British pound.
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