Asian shares outside South Korea declined on Thursday, as economic data out of the region's top two economies heightened concerns about growth.
U.S. stocks closed more than 1 percent lower, weighed by declines in oil and failing to extend a rally in global markets despite talk of stimulus overseas.
European equities lost some steam by the close on Wednesday, yet ended higher on hopes of further stimulus measures in Asia.
Asian shares were on a roll Wednesday, as investor confidence got a boost from the strong rally in offshore markets.
The dollar rose on Wednesday, following equities rallies on Wall Street, Europe and Asia.
Gold fell to a four-week low on Wednesday as stock markets strengthened and the dollar firmed.
U.S. Treasury prices fell on Wednesday, undermined by a strong tone in global equity markets and ahead of new supply expected later in the day.
Oil prices fell on Wednesday as ample supply pressured futures even as the prospect of economic stimulus from China boosted equities markets.
U.S. stocks closed more than 2 percent higher, rebounding from their second-worst week for the year as gains in global markets boosted sentiment.
Brent rose Tuesday as European economic data and increased Chinese crude imports outweighed Asia growth concerns and global oil oversupply.
U.S. stock index futures pared gains to trade mostly lower after another day of volatility and disappointing data from Japan and China.
European equities closed more than 1 percent higher on Tuesday, despite weak data from China that caused further volatility in Asian markets.
Asian stocks endured volatile trading on Tuesday, with China's Shanghai Composite index lurching higher in the final minutes of trade.
U.S. stock futures pointed to a firm open for Wall Street Wednesday, after sharp gains in world markets that saw Japanese stocks surge over 7 percent.
U.S. Treasury yields crept up on Tuesday, pushing prices down as a generally firm tone in global stock markets dented the appeal of safe haven debt.
Gold firmed on Tuesday as a retreat in the dollar helped the metal snap a four-day losing streak, but remained close to 2-1/2 week lows.
European equities ended higher on Monday, bucking the trend set in Asia, with shares of commodities trader Glencore soaring after it unveiled a debt revamp plan.
Oil fell as Chinese stocks weakened, but a firmer dollar and oversupply fears weighed on prices. The U.S. Labor Day holiday kept trade thin.
Gold struggled near a 2-1/2-week low, after U.S. payrolls data failed to provide clarity on the timing of a Federal Reserve rate hike.
The dollar clawed back some of the ground it had lost against the yen on Monday, after skidding on mixed U.S. employment data.
Get the best of CNBC in your inbox
Turkey only procures oil and gas from known sources and those who accuse it of buying from ISIS need to prove it, President Erdogan said on Thursday.
Shares of Spanish renewables giant Abengoa were down around 25 percent, a day after the company began insolvency proceedings.
The U.K. will put "security first," the finance minister said. Plus, he scrapped plans to cut welfare payments to low-paid workers.