The yen and Swiss franc rose as oil prices slid and bank shares led global equity markets lower, stoking a fresh wave of bids for low-risk assets.
Gold rebounded to a fresh three-week high on Friday, as investor risk aversion lifted appetite for the metal.
U.S. stocks closed lower Thursday, amid a pullback in oil prices from multi-month highs and a decline in global benchmark yields.
U.S. government debt prices were higher on Thursday morning.
Europe closed sharply lower on Thursday, as sentiment was hit by a pullback in oil prices, amid concerns over the global economy.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open as investors looked ahead to crucial central bank decisions from the U.S. and Japan this week.
Asia markets were mostly lower on Thursday, as a weaker dollar weighed the Nikkei and South Korean stocks failed to get a boost from a surprise rate cut.
A broad decline in commodity and stock prices in major world markets raised the yen on Thursday.
Gold was near three-week highs on Thursday as a recovery in the dollar prompted some buyers to cash in gains.
U.S. oil prices fell, snapping a three-day rally after notching another 2016 high, as a strong dollar sparked profit-taking.
U.S. stocks traded mostly higher, helped by gains in oil prices, with the Dow and S&P about 1 percent below their 52-week intraday highs.
Bonds were higher as investors digested an auction of 10-year Treasury notes.
European stocks trade lower on Wednesday amid concerns over the health of the global economy.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open Friday as overseas bond yields hit fresh record lows.
Asian markets closed mixed on Wednesday, but the energy sector got a boost after oil settled above $50 for the first time in nearly 11 months.
The dollar hit a five-week trough on Wednesday, hurt by waning expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates anytime soon.
Gold rose more than one percent to a near three-week high on Wednesday, bolstered by a weaker dollar.
U.S. oil rose for a third straight day, closing at new 2016 highs on supply outages.
Stock index futures pointed to a higher open Tuesday, tracking gains in Europe and Asia where upbeat comments by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on the U.S. economy gave markets a lift.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open Thursday, amid a pullback in oil prices from recent highs and further declines in benchmark yields.