U.S. stocks closed near session highs Tuesday, the first trading day of December, shaking off intraday pressure from weak manufacturing data.
U.S. sovereign bonds rose on Tuesday, as investors digested data and kept an eye on major central banks.
European equities closed mixed on Tuesday, despite figures on EU unemployment showing the region taking a step in the right direction.
The dollar fell as a contraction in U.S. manufacturing employment and upbeat European economic data knocked the greenback from 8-1/2-month highs.
Crude futures seesawed on Tuesday on bets that OPEC will not cut output to stem a supply glut this week.
Gold rose for a second day, rebounding from last week's 5-1/2 year low, as a retreat in the dollar prompted investors to cover short positions.
Asian markets closed mostly in positive territory as investors shrugged off a lower finish on Wall Street and a miss on China PMI.
U.S. stocks closed lower as investors eyed retail results and readied for key data and central bank comments later in the week.
U.S. sovereign bonds were flat on Monday, ahead of what is likely to be a crucial week for central banks.
European equities closed Monday trade in mixed territory as a jump in oil prices boosted sentiment, at the start of an important week for markets and central banks.
The dollar reached an 8 1/2-month high on Monday, as the prospect of further stimulus from the European Central Bank drove the euro lower.
A Reuters survey found on Monday OPEC oil output rose in November from the previous month, led by a rebound in Iraqi exports.
Gold rose 1 percent on Monday but remained close to its lowest level in almost six years and was on track for its steepest monthly slide in 2-1/2 years.
Asian equities closed mostly in the red on Monday as investors remained cautious following a mixed performance from Wall Street.
U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday as Wall Street looked set to follow Asian markets higher, despite further weak Chinese factory data.
U.S. stocks ended narrowly mixed in light volume trade, under some pressure from declines in Disney and oil prices.
U.S. government debt prices were higher on Friday as investors looked ahead to a big week of data and speeches.
European equities closed lower on Friday as investors reacted to sharp falls in China's stock markets.
Gold dropped almost two percent to a near six-year low on Friday, set for a sixth straight weekly decline under pressure from a firm U.S. dollar.
The dollar hit an eight-month high against a basket of currencies on Friday.
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Manufacturing in China contracted more slowly in November and the services industry grew, signs that the economy's transition is on track.
Asia's third-largest economy expanded at a 7.4 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, compared with 7 percent in April-June.
Jan Hatzius, Goldman Sachs's top economist, expects the Federal Reserve to go gradual on rates, and for modest U.S. growth to prevail.