European stocks finished higher on Friday, after global stocks and oil prices rose following dovish minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve, easing investor interest rate fears.
Crude prices swung back and forth in choppy trade on Friday as traders closed positions at the end of a week that saw prices rally.
Gold rose to a 7-week high on Friday after minutes from the Fed's last policy meeting showed the central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates.
The U.S. dollar hit multi-week lows against the euro and Swiss franc on Friday.
Asian stocks marched higher on Friday, following a positive lead from Wall Street, fueled by dovish signals from the U.S. Federal Reserve minutes.
U.S. stocks closed higher, with the Dow and S&P above key psychological levels, as investors digested the Fed's September meeting minutes.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat to slightly higher open on Monday as third-quarter earnings season gets underway.
Treasurys briefly turned positive on Thursday after the Federal Reserve released minutes from its Sept. 16-17 meeting.
European stocks attempted to end Thursday on a high, as investors shook off global market woes and steered their focus towards the oil price rally.
U.S. stock index futures indicated slightly higher open on Friday, with traders set to continue digesting the minutes from the Fed meeting.
The U.S. dollar held lower on Thursday after the release of the Federal Reserve minutes.
Oil prices climbed to their highest in five weeks on Thursday, as buoyant Chinese equity markets encouraged buying.
Gold turned lower on Thursday in a dramatic turnaround after Fed meeting minutes showed policymakers at the U.S. central bank were unsettled.
Asian stocks traded mixed on Thursday, with Chinese equities outperforming after markets resumed trade after a week-long holiday.
U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday, helped by a recovery in health care stocks and gains in energy, as investors awaited the beginning of earnings season.
European stocks pared gains to close flat on Wednesday, with auto stocks and miners outperforming after some recovery in oil prices.
Oil prices came under pressure on Wednesday after the US government reported a large crude inventory build.
Gold eased on Wednesday, falling from a two-week high on the firmer dollar while losses were capped on expectations of a rate hike next year.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open on Thursday, with traders looking to the release of Fed minutes.
Optimism toward global economic growth boosted risk appetite and drove the U.S. dollar higher.
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