Gold settled higher on Thursday after two days of losses as the dollar index retreated from seven-week highs.
Asian equity markets were mostly lower on Thursday after China's annual consumer inflation hit a seven-month low in December.
Stocks ended mixed on Wednesday following the prior day's jump.
U.S. Treasury prices fell on Wednesday after an upbeat report on the private labor market and Federal Reserve released minutes.
U.S. oil hit five week low as investors shrugged off Libyan supplies and falling U.S. stockpiles, focusing instead on demand fears.
Gold settled lower as a stronger dollar and rebound in U.S. stocks triggered profit-taking following bullion's early 2014 rally.
Gold settled lower for a third consecutive session on Wednesday.
The dollar gained against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after minutes of the Fed's Dec. 18-19 policy meeting.
Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday with Japan's benchmark index outperforming its peers, which traded flat despite a positive global lead.
The euro traded marginally higher against the dollar, recovering from a sharp sell-off spurred by cautious comments made by the ECB's Mario Draghi.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 rebounding after a three-session slide.
European equities closed higher after inflation data for the euro zone missed expectations and German unemployment fell.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a weak open on Wednesday, with investors cautious ahead of the Fed's latest policy minutes and ADP payrolls.
Brent crude oil was flat Monday, with U.S. oil ending at a one month low amid hints of growing supply.
Oil rose as new worries about Libyan output and fighting in Iraq helped prices rebound after five straight declines.
European equities closed mixed on Wednesday, after euro zone unemployment data for November continued to show little sign of improvement.
The dollar gained against the yen on Tuesday, buoyed by US trade deficit data that could inflate estimates for fourth-quarter growth.
Asian stocks ended mixed on Tuesday as weak U.S. economic data and caution ahead of this week's key risk events weighed on sentiment.
U.S. futures indicated a slightly higher opening for the first full week of trading in 2014.
European equities closed higher on Friday as retail stocks helped bourses to post gains, with Next seeing a rise of 10 percent.
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