Crude rose as traders took profit on a spread trade with U.S. oil, which itself was supported by record heating oil demand.
Gold scored a modest gain on Thursday, held in check by both a firmer tone to stock markets and caution ahead of a U.S. jobs report on Friday.
The dollar see-sawed after a weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report on Friday.
Global currency markets trod water ahead of interest rate decisions in Britain and the euro zone on Thursday.
The Australian dollar surged almost two percent on Tuesday after moves from the country's central bank dropped.
Stocks fell on Wednesday after data had companies adding fewer employees to their payrolls than anticipated.
U.S. bonds edged lower on Wednesday, with yields rising after private payroll data missed market expectations.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher Wall Street open on Thursday, as markets gear up for the all-important monthly jobs data.
Gold ended higher on Wednesday after mixed US data left investors uncertain over the pace of recovery in the world's largest economy.
The yen gained on Wednesday, as struggles in stock markets and the emerging markets forced investors to seek safe-haven currencies.
Asian equity markets traded mixed on Wednesday. Overnight gains on Wall Street pushed Japan and South Korea shares on a rebound.
Gold settled lower, posting its first weekly fall in six on strong US economic growth and concerns over the Fed's withdrawal of monetary stimulus.
The euro was soft on Monday as investors thought it more likely the European Central Bank would have to ease policy to combat slowing inflation.
Asian equity markets suffered heavy losses on Tuesday after weak economic data sparked fears of a slowing U.S. economy.
U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, with equities rebounding after a rout the prior day.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a steep drop at the start of trading on Wall Street Friday, ahead of fourth quarter earnings from Chevron and MasterCard.
Stocks were battered Monday after factory data cast a negative light on the economy.
U.S. crude oil rose by nearly $1 per barrel as traders expected data to show oil inventories were beginning to drain from Cushing.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a lower open on Wednesday, as Wall Street considered the ADP employment report.
Gold settled lower on Tuesday after posting a 1 percent rally in the previous session.
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