Gold was on track for its first weekly gain in four weeks on steady physical buying from China and exchange-traded funds.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday morning as traders eyed several big earnings reports.
Stocks closed lower Thursday, after a sharp fall in oil prices, while investors parsed through key U.S. economic data.
U.S. government debt prices were mixed on Thursday after the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged.
Asian markets were mostly up and the Mexican peso strengthened against the dollar on Thursday after the final U.S. Presidential debate.
The euro fell Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the bank did not discuss ending bond purchases.
Oil fell on profit-taking after markets rallied due to a draw in U.S. stocks and expectations of an OPEC-led cut.
Gold pared some early gains as the dollar strengthened and markets awaited the outcome of an ECB policy meeting later in the day.
Stocks closed mostly higher on Wednesday following the release of key economic data from the Federal Reserve.
U.S. government debt prices were mixed on Wednesday, as investors focused on the world's leading central banks.
U.S. stock index futures gave back some of their gains Thursday after the ECB decided against changing its interest rates.
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday as upcoming central banks data dominate sentiment.
Markets in Asia advanced on Wednesday morning, after China's third-quarter GDP data showed the economy grew in line with expectations.
The euro weakened Wednesday, a day before the European Central Bank is due to meet, with investors focused on Mario Draghi.
Oil prices jumped on Wednesday after the government reported a surprisingly large drop in crude inventories for the sixth week out of seven.
Gold rose as the dollar weakened and Treasury yields ticked lower amid uncertainty around the timing of a U.S. rate increase.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open, as investors got ready to wade through another influx of earnings reports.
Stocks closed higher on Tuesday, helped by stronger-than-expected quarterly reports and after mixed inflation data.
Bond prices were higher, as investors prepared for more news out of leading central banks, while keeping an eye on oil and data releases.
European stocks posted solid gains by Tuesday's close, as investors cheered on the sharp uptick seen in mining stocks, while digesting earnings.