Chinese shares led gains in Asia on Monday, touching a five-year high on rising stimulus bets.
Mass demonstrations across Brazil against corruption and waning economic growth have highlighted that Russia is not the only BRIC nation off track.
U.S. stocks closed lower, as a week of mixed economic data, dollar strength and low oil prices made traders cautious ahead of next week’s Fed meeting.
The yield on benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury notes briefly turned positive on Friday after touching a session-high of 2.119 percent.
European equities closed slightly higher Friday, as the oil and gas sector took another hit from tumbling oil prices.
The euro extended its losses against the greenback on Friday as it traded under $1.05.
Japanese stocks tracked a positive lead from Wall Street to hit a fresh multi-year high, breaching the 19,000 level, as major indices in the region largely rose on Friday.
U.S. crude settled at $44.84 per barrel on Friday's session, dropping $2.21 or 4.7 percent.
Gold futures settled higher after choppy trading as the dollar continued its rally ahead of the March Federal Reserve meeting.
Wall Street looked set to open higher on Monday, as markets await news from this week's U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting.
U.S. stocks traded higher as mixed economic data indicated to some investors that the Fed will not raise interest rates as early as anticipated.
U.S. sovereign bonds continued to gain on Thursday, ahead of a $13 billion Treasury auction of 30-year bonds.
The euro extended gains against the dollar after surprisingly weak February retail sales data, recovering from an earlier 12-year low in Asian trade.
Gold rose as a retreat in the dollar from 12-year highs arrested an eight-session slide, but expectations of US rate rise kept prices under pressure.
European equities closed flat on Thursday, as investors reacted to earnings and banking news.
Oil prices weakened on Thursday, surrendering early gains in volatile trading before the expiry of front-month crude contracts.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a slightly lower open as uncertainty over the timing of an interest rate rise lingers after a bumpy week.
Asian shares rose on Thursday, boosted by better-than-expected Australian jobs data from Australia and a surprise rate cut in South Korea.
U.S. stocks closed mildly lower on amid continued concern over dollar gains and the timing of a Fed interest rate hike.
The euro extended its unrelenting fall, dropping 1 percent to below $1.06 for the first time in 12 years as the ECB's QE program hammered bond yields.
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Euro zone annual inflation held steady at 0.2 percent in July, far below the European Central Bank's target.
A U.K. withdrawal from the EU could trigger another Scottish independence referendum, said Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland.
Japan's inflation target remains out of reach, with June core CPI for June barely budging and as households unexpectedly stopped spending.