European shares pared gains, but closed higher on Thursday, after a round of soft U.S. data.
Take a look at some of Friday's midday movers:
U.S. stock index futures climbed Thursday as Wall Street cheered a better-than-expected jobless claims report and after the European Central Bank cut its key interest rate.
European shares closed lower on Monday, after news of an unexpected slowdown in China sparked a commodities sell-off.
Gold prices continued to plummet Monday on Cyprus selling concerns, Dennis Gartman, editor of The Gartman Letter, told CNBC.
The super cycle in commodities has come to an end, according to researchers at Citi, who downgraded several mining stocks on Monday as metals prices have continued to decline.
Hedge fund billionaire John Paulson lost more money in February when his gold fund suffered double-digit losses.
Nomura and Societe Generale are the latest banks to warn about gold, as several banks in recent days have cut their price forecasts and warnings about a correction for bullion have risen.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's comments could get stocks rallying again, Rosecliff Capital's Mike Murphy says.
European shares suffered steep falls on Monday as mounting political uncertainty in the peripheral euro zone prompted investors to lock in profits on indexes trading close to multi-year highs.
Mark Bristow, CEO of Rangold Resources, tells CNBC that 2012 was a very challenging year for Randgold on many fronts but they still posted a record performance overall.
Ahead of their fourth-quarter results, Steve Sedgwick takes you through Randgold Resources.
Conflict in the West African state of Mali -- the continent's third-largest gold producer -- poses "manageable" risks for miners active in the country's south as Al Qaeda-linked Islamist rebels remain confined to strongholds in the north while former colonial power France continues its offensive against militant bases.
European shares extended gains to set a new 22-month high on Friday, after a better-than-expected U.S. jobs data.
Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:
Aerospace and defense group Rolls-Royce said it was in talks with Britain's Serious Fraud Office over potential corruption involving its intermediaries overseas.
European shares ended mixed Tuesday amid "fiscal cliff" discussions in the U.S., but losses were limited as EU finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss details of a possible banking union.
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