Dovish words from Ben Bernanke triggered a global rally that took U.S. stocks to new closing highs and sent the dollar into its worst two-day decline in four years.
U.S. government debt prices rose on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said a highly accommodative monetary policy was needed for the foreseeable future.
Crude oil futures dipped Thursday from a 15-month high as investors sold contracts to take profits after three weeks of sharp gains.
Asian stocks hit multi-week highs on Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke voiced his support for accommodative monetary policy, but Japanese shares underperformed on the back of a strong yen.
The dollar tumbled against the euro and yen on Wednesday after the minutes from the Fed's policy meeting dented expectations of a near-term reduction in stimulus.
Gold ended slightly higher in choppy trade on Wednesday after the minutes of the Federal Reserve's June meeting showed many officials wanted more reassurance the job market was on solid ground before withdrawing economic stimulus.
Data showing a surprisingly steep drawdown in U.S. stockpiles powered U.S. benchmark crude above $106 per barrel, its highest level since March 2012.
Gold settled higher in today's trading, but it's been a disastrous three months for gold bulls.
Mainland equities outperformed on Wednesday to rally 2 percent after China's dismal trade figures spurred hopes that the People's Bank of China (PBOC) may ease policy in order to boost economic growth.
Oil prices extended their gains after a drop in U.S. crude inventories and reports of a Gulf of Mexico well leak.
Asian stocks rebounded on Tuesday from the previous day's sharp losses following a positive U.S. lead and after Chinese consumer inflation accelerated in June.
The U.S. dollar edged off three-year highs against major currencies on Monday but looked poised to resume gains after last week's strong U.S. jobs data.
Crude fell on Monday, with U.S. oil bouncing off a new 15-month high as oil from Libya helped tame fears about global supply and violent clashes in Egypt.
A heavy sell-off in Chinese stocks dragged Asia lower on Monday while an upbeat U.S jobs report prompted worries that the Federal Reserve may wind down its stimulus program later this year.
The dollar touched a five-week high against the yen and a six-week peak against the euro on Friday on good U.S. jobs data.
Stocks jumped in a choppy trading session Friday, after a strong jobs report indicating an improving U.S. economy offset worries about a sooner-than-expected end to Federal Reserve bond buying.
Oil prices jumped nearly $2 a barrel on Friday to notch their biggest weekly gain in a year, boosted by concerns over rising tensions in Egypt and better-than-expected U.S. economic data.
Gold settled nearly 3 percent lower on Friday as the dollar climbed after stronger-than-expected US jobs data which could tempt the Fed to start scaling back its monetary stimulus.
Asian stocks rose on Friday, tracking strong gains in European markets after the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BoE) suggested they would keep interest rates low for some time, but caution ahead of key U.S. jobs data capped large gains.
Gold eased on Thursday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi signaled it could cut interest rates further, pressuring the euro against the dollar, but moves were muted ahead of U.S. jobs data.
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