European markets closed mixed on Friday after a suspected terrorist attack in France two days before a key presidential vote.
Asia markets were higher in Friday trade after a strong session in the U.S. amid caution following a suspected terrorist shooting in Paris.
The euro inched higher on Friday as investors battened down the hatches for results of the first round of a tightly-fought French election.
Oil prices fell on doubts that an OPEC-led production cut will restore balance to an oversupplied market.
Gold prices treaded water as investors awaited the outcome of weekend French elections and possible announcements about tax cuts in the U.S.
Stocks rose as more companies released quarterly results while Steven Mnuchin said the administration was close to "major tax reform."
U.S. government debt prices were lower on Thursday as investors digested several pieces of data and kept an eye on the French election.
U.S. futures pointed to a slightly higher open after Steven Mnuchin said the White House would unveil a tax plan "very soon."
European markets edged higher on Thursday as investors continued to digest political uncertainties and reacted to corporate earnings.
Asian shares traded sideways on Thursday, following key earnings on Wall Street and a sharp fall in oil prices.
The dollar inched lower against a basket of currencies, suffering from a solid euro performance before the first round of French elections.
Gold prices held firm, with tensions surrounding North Korea and the upcoming French presidential election driving demand.
Oil prices were largely mixed on Thursday after steep losses the previous session.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open after the Dow Jones industrial average lost more than 200 points over the last two days.
U.S. equities closed mostly lower on Wednesday, with IBM and oil prices pushing down the Dow Jones industrial average.
U.S. government debt prices were lower on Wednesday as investors await fresh economic data.
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday as banking stocks snapped a six-day losing streak.
Most Asia markets declined on Wednesday, tracking Wall Street's negative close overnight, with resources and financial shares under pressure.
The dollar crept higher on Wednesday, a day after dropping to a three-week low against a basket of major currencies.
Oil steadied on Wednesday after OPEC said it was committed to eroding a global supply overhang that has dogged markets since 2014.