European stocks closed lower on Thursday, taking their lead from Wall Street after weak U.S. manufacturing data.
Asia markets were mostly lower on Thursday, with sentiment weighed by an oil price drop and as traders shrugged off better-than-expected China data.
Sterling jumped 1 percent against the dollar and hit a one-month high against the euro on Thursday.
Oil fell on Thursday as a rise in U.S. crude inventories focused attention on a supply glut that has pushed stockpiles to record highs.
Gold tried for gains after it dropped to its lowest in more than two months on Thursday as investors waited for U.S. jobs figures.
Stocks closed lower, the last trading day of the month, as investors digested falling oil prices and looked ahead to Friday's jobs report.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Thursday as traders eyed the release of a host of data.
U.S. sovereign bond prices were lower Wednesday as bond investors analyzed the ADP private sector payroll report.
European stocks were mixed in afternoon trade Wednesday as investors reacted to a jobs report in the U.S. and a slew of data from the euro zone.
Markets in Asia traded mixed on Wednesday, with Japanese shares gaining on the back of a weaker yen.
This came as investors reversed bets made against the greenback on speculation that the Fed would not hike interest rates anytime soon.
Crude oil prices slid on a strong U.S. dollar and high stocks of physical oil, though prices remained on track for a monthly gain.
Gold slid to a two-month low on Wednesday after forecast-beating U.S. jobs data.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a flat open Wednesday following the release of the ADP's private sector payroll report.
U.S. stocks closed lower Tuesday, with utilities falling 1 percent, as investors analyzed strong consumer data.
U.S. sovereign bonds fell on Tuesday, with yields range-bound as the month draws to a close.
European stock indexes closed higher on Tuesday, with the exception of the FTSE 100, which was knocked by the weak performance of mining stocks.
Most Asia markets finished higher on Tuesday, while Japanese shares edged down in a muted reaction to better-than-expected economic data.
The dollar hovering near a two-week high against a basket of currencies with investors focused on the next set of U.S. data.
Oil prices fell more than 1 percent on Tuesday as the dollar strengthened and investors braced for an expected weekly build in U.S. stockpiles.