Asian equities reversed losses to end higher on Friday ahead of U.S. jobs data, with Hong Kong markets in focus as protests entered their eighth day.
Wall Street looked set to rise on Friday, with September jobs growth seen back on track after a dip in August.
Stocks fell Thursday, as jobless claims fell and the ECB said it would step up stimulus.
Bonds fell sharply as investors reset bets that yields may increase, a day before Friday's highly anticipated employment report.
Gold ended modestly lower on Thursday on geopolitical concerns and as U.S. equities whipsawed.
European shares closed sharply lower on Thursday, after a press conference by ECB President Mario Draghi left investors wanting more.
Crude recovered from a steep drop, with West Texas Intermediate pulling back from its lowest in at least a year.
The yen held its gains against the dollar on Thursday after weak manufacturing surveys from around the globe and an Ebola health scare in the United States.
Asian stocks dropped on Thursday following a weak U.S. lead and continued unrest in Hong Kong, while investors await the European Central Bank's policy meeting.
Stocks fell Wednesday as investors considered payrolls data and a report on manufacturing.
Wall Street looked set for a weak open on Thursday, with investors nervous ahead of official employment data.
Bonds rose after US manufacturing growth unexpectedly slowed, adding to earlier concerns about faltering global growth.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday, with investors reacting to fresh economic data from the euro zone and the U.S.
Gold extended losses on Wednesday to trade near a nine-month low, clobbered by a stronger dollar and lack of support from top buyer China.
Crude reversed session gains, after the effect of U.S. stockpile data wore off and investors grew fearful about growing risks.
The dollar dropped from six-year highs against the yen on Wednesday, weighed down by a fall in U.S. Treasury debt yields.
Asian stocks were mixed on the first day of the fourth-quarter as investors focused on political unrest in Hong Kong and key Chinese data.
Stocks fell for another session on Tuesday.
Wall Street looked set to open flat on Wednesday, on what will be a busy day for economic data ahead of the official jobs report on Friday.
U.S. bonds gave back gains on Tuesday, with consumer confidence data in focus against a backdrop of social unrest in Hong Kong.
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