Shares in Lloyds Bank climbed higher on Thursday helping the U.K.'s FTSE 100 to close the day higher for a fourth-straight session.
Europe shares close mixed on Wednesday, despite a surge in Alstom stocks after they reopened for trade.
Gold settled under $1,300 an ounce on Tuesday as strong U.S. data offset safe-haven bids from escalating tensions between Russia and the West.
Strong manufacturing data made traders bullish on Britain, while Fed tapering and expectations of permissive ECB policies both propped up the euro.
The dollar inched up from a three-week low on Friday, on expectations of a robust U.S. jobs number, after a weak growth report earlier this week.
U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday after data had economic growth stalling in the first quarter.
U.S. stock index futures pushed higher on Thursday, ahead of first quarter results from ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and MasterCard, among others.
U.S. stocks began little changed on Thursday after jobless claims and consumer spending rose more than expected.
U.S. stock index futures traded lower on Wednesday, with investors cautious ahead of the FOMC conference and the first estimate of Q1 growth.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday as a slew of corporate earnings boosted stocks.
Yields fell on Wednesday in choppy trading after data showed the world's largest economy grew much more weakly than expected in the first quarter.
Gold dropped as investors nervously awaited the Fed's policy statement, with political tensions in Ukraine failing to prompt heavy safe-haven bids.
Asian equities were mixed on Thursday in a quiet session with several markets shut for the 'May 1' public holiday.
Crude weakened broadly as U.S. inventories surged to their highest level ever.
U.S. bonds fell back slightly on Monday, having already factored in the declining situation in Ukraine.
Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as investors concentrated on central bank policy decisions in Japan and the U.S.
Stocks finished higher Tuesday, with the Dow approaching a record high, as investors cheered a round of better-than-expected quarterly earnings and largely shrugged off worries over Ukraine.
Crude rebounded on Tuesday, lifted by renewed geopolitical concerns.
Asian equities were mostly lower on Monday with Japanese and Shanghai shares underperforming amid rising geopolitical tensions over Ukraine.
The euro traded at multi-week highs against the yen early on Tuesday and held firm against the dollar after a strong performance overnight.
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