U.S. stocks closed lower, with the Nasdaq off 1.6 percent, as investors weighed declines in oil and disappointing earnings ahead of the jobs report.
U.S. Treasury yields inched down slightly on Thursday following weekly jobless claims data that came in lower than expected.
Gold edged higher on Thursday, supported by the retreating U.S. dollar and a tumble in global equities as traders awaited U.S. jobs data.
European stocks traded largely lower on Thursday, as crude prices hit fresh lows and the Bank of England held its key interest rate unchanged.
The dollar edged lower against major currencies in choppy trading on Thursday, as investors balanced their positions ahead of Friday's data.
Oil set multi-month lows Thursday after a large drop in U.S. crude inventories failed to boost prices.
Asian stocks outside Japan declined on Thursday, as weaker oil prices and expectations of a U.S. rate hike in September curbed risk appetite.
U.S. stocks closed off session highs as a decline in oil and Disney pressured stocks, amid mixed signals on the timing of an interest rate hike.
U.S. stock index futures were lower on Friday as investors digested the latest release of U.S. jobs data.
U.S. Treasury yields reversed an earlier dip caused by ADP employment data on Wednesday, to move higher after US trade deficit data was reported.
Gold fell on Wednesday to hover near the recent 5-1/2 year low as the dollar firmed on strong U.S. services sector data.
Oil prices fell to a fresh March low, ignoring a bigger-than-expected drawdown in crude stockpiles announced by the EIA.
The dollar traded little changed on Wednesday as data showed the U.S. services sector expanded at its fastest pace in 10 years.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Thursday as markets digested the latest Challenger jobs report.
Equity markets in Shanghai and Sydney underperformed the region on Wednesday.
U.S. government debt prices slipped on Tuesday, after weaker than expected data and a sharp 5 percent drop in oil prices seen overnight.
European equities closed slightly lower on Tuesday as investors kept an eye on earnings, oil and Greece.
Gold retreated from intraday highs on Tuesday as the dollar moved higher and a voting member of the Fed said he is ready to support a Sept. hike.
The dollar rose on Tuesday as a top Fed official voiced support for an interest rate increase in September despite a batch of disappointing data.
Asian shares traded mixed on Tuesday, as a stabilization in energy prices calmed disappointment triggered by U.S. and Chinese manufacturing data.
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China's manufacturing activity contracted again in November, but more slowly than in October, the final Caixin manufacuturing PMI showed.
Asia's third-largest economy expanded at a 7.4 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, compared with 7 percent in April-June.
Jan Hatzius, Goldman Sachs's top economist, expects the Federal Reserve to go gradual on rates, and for modest U.S. growth to prevail.