The euro fell to a five-week low against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank chief's announcements.
Asian equities were mostly higher on Thursday with the exception of Japan but trading was cautious ahead of the European Central Bank meeting later in the day and Friday's key U.S. jobs report.
The yen rose across the board on Wednesday as political instability in Egypt and Portugal prompted investors to seek refuge in the Japanese currency.
U.S. Treasurys prices were flat to slightly lower on Wednesday in an abbreviated pre-holiday trading session, the last one before the release of the key U.S. employment report.
Oil was whipsawed on Wednesday, with the spread between Brent and U.S. oil widening sharply after narrowing to its lowest level in more than two years.
Gold settled nearly one percent higher on Wednesday near $1,252 as the dollar and equity markets remained under pressure after mixed US data.
Stocks closed modestly higher on Wednesday, reversing earlier losses, as investors brushed off ongoing turmoil in Egypt and political uncertain in Portugal and squared positions ahead of the holiday Thursday and jobs report due out Friday morning.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday after positive jobs data from the U.S. helped to trim intra-day lows.
Asian markets reversed early gains on Wednesday to close lower after data from China revived fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.
Gold settled lower at $1,243 Tuesday as U.S. equities rose and the dollar strengthened and investors looked for indications that the Fed may soon end its stimulus program.
Stocks bounced off their worst levels in the final minutes but still finished slightly lower in choppy trading Tuesday as investors hesitated to jump in amid ongoing concerns about the Federal Reserve's plans to scale back its bond-buying program and reports of political turmoil in Egypt.
The dollar breached 100 yen again to hit a four-week high on Tuesday amid growing optimism that U.S. jobs data will prompt the Federal Reserve to scale back stimulus.
Instability in Egypt and Syria bolstered crude oil on Tuesday, as supply concerns stemming from geopolitical turmoil momentarily overrode fears about the global economy.
European shares recovered slightly Tuesday to close narrowly lower, as worrying euro zone signals gave way to better-than-expected U.S. factory orders.
U.S. stock index futures turned flat on Tuesday, surrendering earlier gains as shares in Europe moved lower, and ahead of the factory orders data.
Talk of an economic-recovery breakthrough goes only so far. At some point, it has to start showing up on corporate balance sheets.
Asian stocks closed mostly higher on Tuesday with Australia's benchmark S&P ASX 200 leading gains by 2.6 percent after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) maintained its easing bias.
Stocks started the third quarter on an up note, but face the dual pressures in the second half of a still challenged economy and higher interest rates.
The dollar fell against most currencies, while the yen dropped to its lowest in nearly four weeks versus the greenback on Monday.
Stocks eased off their best levels but still kicked off the first day of the third quarter with a modest rally, boosted by a pair of better-than-expected economic reports.
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