Europe stocks finished marginally higher on Wednesday, as investors digested the latest from Volkswagen and continued to ponder China's economic health.
Oil prices fell after the EIA reported U.S. crude inventories dropped, but gasoline stockpiles rose and refinery activity eased.
U.S. Treasury prices remained lower on Wednesday as the market absorbed a fresh supply of five-year Treasury notes.
Platinum slid to a fresh 6-1/2-year low on Wednesday on fears about reduced demand from the auto sector.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open on Thursday as traders looked to a speech on inflation and policy from Janet Yellen.
The dollar slipped against the euro on Wednesday after Mario Draghi said the ECB needed more time to assess whether to boost QE.
Asian equities slid deeper into the red on Wednesday, after a preliminary reading of the manufacturing sector rekindled worries over China.
U.S. stocks closed more than 1 percent lower as investors weighed declines in oil, concerns about growth, and the implications of the Fed decision.
European stocks ended sharply lower on Tuesday, brought down by autos tanking, mining companies being downgraded and oil prices weighing on sentiment.
Wall Street shares were tipped to open sharply lower on Tuesday, as European markets suffered steep falls.
Gold fell 1 percent on Tuesday, pressured as the dollar strengthened on renewed expectations that the Fed will raise interest rates.
Oil prices fell on Tuesday after a one-day rally, with U.S. crude pulled down as much as 3 percent by weaker stocks and skittish sentiment.
The dollar hit an almost two-week high after comments from Fed officials revived expectations of a U.S. interest rate hike this year.
U.S. stocks were expected to open flat to mildly higher on Wednesday, with a rally in Europe acting as buffer to further signs of weakness in China's economy.
The Treasury Department auctioned $26 billion in two-year notes at a high yield of 0.699 percent.
Asian shares largely advanced on Tuesday, stabilizing from sharp declines in the previous session, after Wall Street ended higher.
U.S. stocks closed mixed as investors weighed a decline in biotechs and eyed comments from Federal Reserve speakers.
European equities bounced back Monday, finishing higher despite an uninspiring lead from Asia and key European stocks tanking.
Crude rallied amid a jump in gasoline prices and on concerns that U.S. production may slow as drilling steadily declines.
Gold retreated from the previous session's near three-week high on Monday as strength in stocks and the dollar dampened a rally.
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Central banks are in the spotlight in the week ahead, with decisions on monetary policy due in Australia and Japan.
Emerging economies risk “leading the world economy into a slump,” with lower growth and a rout in financial markets, the Financial Times reports.
Dilma Rousseff of Brazil announced Friday that she was cutting her salary by 10%, reducing the size of her cabinet and slashing thousands of jobs, the NYT reports.