Britain's pound slouched near recent 14-month lows against the dollar as investors pushed back rate-hike expectations to the fourth quarter of 2015.
Wednesday's trading session saw a mixed picture in Asia, with Tokyo shares stealing the limelight to finish at a 7-year high.
Wall Street looked set for a lower open to trade on Wednesday, ahead of a final burst of earnings for the third quarter.
U.S. stocks ended near highs on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P each edging up to a record close.
European stocks ended the day in the green on Tuesday afternoon, after fluctuating throughout in the day.
Benchmark Brent crude hit a four-year below $81 low on Tuesday, nearing a test below the psychologically important $80 a barrel mark.
Gold steadied near $1,150 an ounce as demand for physical metal picked up.
The dollar climbed to a seven-year high against the yen as Prime Minister Abe is likely to delay a planned sales tax increase.
Asian equity markets were mixed on Tuesday following a record close on Wall Street, with Japanese markets outperforming the region.
The bond market is closed Tuesday in observance of Veterans Day.
Stocks edged higher on Monday as investors tracked corporate results as the earnings season starts to wind down.
Wall Street looked set to gain on Tuesday, which is set to be a quiet day, with some markets shut for the Veterans Day holiday.
European shares closed higher on Monday, with Carlsberg among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings.
Gold settled lower on Monday as a short-covering rally that boosted prices from 4-1/2-year lows lost steam, with buyers still wary.
US crude futures settled below $78 a barrel on Monday US dollar strength outweighed worries about conflict in Libya and Ukraine.
The dollar fell for a second straight session on Monday in quiet trading as investors took more profits on earlier steep gains.
Asian bourses were mixed on Monday, with China outperforming after a new launch date was announced for an anticipated cross-border trading link.
Stocks were little changed after data had creation of 214,000 jobs in October.
Wall Street looked set for a flattish open on Monday, following mixed economic data out of China and after recording gains last week.
U.S. bond yields struggled to find direction on Friday after the all-important nonfarm payrolls data.
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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.