Oil prices dropped amid concerns over falling Chinese demand after the world's second-largest oil consumer ordered factories to reduce output over worries of excess capacity.
Japan's benchmark index tumbled to its lowest level in nearly three weeks on Friday as the yen rose against the greenback while the rest of Asia traded mixed as attention turned to the region's corporate earnings results.
The dollar fell to a fresh one-month low against the euro on Thursday in thin trading, as investors tested key resistance levels in the euro zone currency.
Stocks eked out a small gain in volatile trading Thursday, lifted by materials, as investors digested the latest round of corporate earnings.
U.S. Treasurys prices fell on Thursday, with investors reluctant to buy bonds before a Federal Reserve meeting next week.
Crude rose on Thursday, with U.S. oil ending a seesaw session marginally higher as traders dissected the impact of stronger than expected data in the world's largest economy.
Gold settled nearly 1 percent higher at $1,328 on Thursday, after briefly extending the previous day's 2 percent sell-off.
European shares closed lower on Thursday with investor confidence curbed by a mixed bag of earnings from major companies and concerns about slowing growth in China.
Asian stocks declined on Thursday, as disappointing quarterly corporate earnings offset potential gains from positive global economic data.
The Dow and S&P 500 finished in negative territory Wednesday as investors digested the latest batch of corporate earnings, while stronger-than-expected results from Apple helped limit losses on the Nasdaq.
The dollar rallied across the board on Wednesday, bolstered by a rise in U.S. Treasury yields that suggested the recovery in the world's largest economy was firmly on track.
Gold futures settled 1 percent lower at $1,319 on Wednesday, retreating from the previous session's one-month high, as gains in the dollar versus a basket of currencies
European shares closed higher on Wednesday after flash purchasing managers' index (PMI) data for the euro zone came in better than expected.
Anne Lester, senior portfolio manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, advises shifting money into equities as relative yields are much more attractive than in fixed income.
Gina Sanchez, chairwoman and founder at Chantico Global, highlights that while many U.S. companies have reported forecast-beating profit, revenues have disappointed.
Asian stocks closed mixed on Wednesday after HSBC's key survey of Chinese manufacturing activity fell to an eleven-month low in July, confirming signs of a further slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
U.S. oil settled modestly higher on Tuesday, after a day of volatile trading in the closely watched spread between international benchmark Brent and U.S. crude oil futures.
Stocks finished narrowly mixed in lackluster trading Tuesday, but the Dow posted a fresh closing high, as investors weighed a handful of upbeat earnings against a weak regional factory report.
The dollar was broadly weaker on Tuesday, falling to a one-month low against the euro in thin trading.
Dissecting the latest market action, with Oliver Pursche, Gary Goldberg Financial Services; Michael Santoli, Yahoo! Finance; and CNBC's Jeff Cox.
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