U.S. stocks closed higher as investors shook off a plunge in oil prices and digested the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes as mostly dovish.
European equities closed mostly lower on Wednesday, despite a surge in energy stocks after Royal Dutch Shell launched a bid for U.K.-listed BG Group.
Asian stocks were higher across the board on Wednesday, with Tokyo, Seoul and mainland markets hitting fresh highs.
U.S. stocks closed mildly lower as investors eyed continued gains in oil and the dollar ahead of the unofficial start of earnings season on Wednesday.
U.S. government debt prices were little changed on Tuesday amid renewed oil price volatility, ahead of the latest U.S. Fed minutes.
European equities closed higher with fears over an impending rate hike in the U.S. receding.
Central banks are the key theme in Asia on Tuesday, with equities in the region largely in positive territory.
Oil futures closed up $1.84 at $53.98 on Tuesday, above earlier highs and erasing losses on strong jobs data.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat to lower open on Thursday, as investors digested the mostly dovish minutes from the Fed, ahead of more earnings and data releases.
Oil settled at $50.42 a barrel after government data showed the largest weekly increase in US crude inventories since 2001.
Crude prices held gains after Baker Hughes reported drillers increased the pace of rig reductions in U.S. oilfields after two weeks of thin declines.
Oil prices rallied on Thursday as strong German economic data and continued uncertainty about an agreement on Iran's nuclear program provided lift.
The euro slumped for a fifth straight session against the dollar on Friday to a 3-1/2 week low as falling European interest rates.
The dollar traded higher on Wednesday after the release of the Federal Reserve's FOMC meeting minutes.
The greenback recovered as trading desks returned to full strength and underlying trends for its continued rise reappeared.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open as investors await what they expect to be dovish minutes from the Fed and Alcoa earnings.
Gold retreated for a third straight session on a stronger dollar after Fed officials kept alive expectations for an increase in rates this year.
Gold edged higher, holding above $1,200/oz as the dollar retreated and expectations grew that the Fed may delay a U.S. rate rise to next year.
Gold edged lower as the dollar recovered, but uncertainty about the timing of a U.S. rate increase kept bullion not far from a 7 week high.
U.S. stocks closed higher, rebounding from initial losses on the disappointing jobs report as weak data renewed hopes of a rate hike delay.
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