U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mostly higher open on Wednesday after a better-than-expected ADP jobs report.
Gold was near a three-month top after its best day in two weeks, buoyed by hopes the Federal Reserve won't raise interest rates this year.
U.S. 10-year sovereign bond yields hit a 1-year low on Wednesday.
European equities closed firmly in the red on Wednesday; as a sharp rise in oil prices failed to relieve stress from the markets.
Asian stocks closed sharply lower on Wednesday, after Wall Street sold off as much as 2 percent overnight amid a plunge in oil prices.
U.S.stocks closed sharply lower Tuesday as renewed declines in oil prices weighed amid mixed reaction to some key earnings reports.
The dollar was on the defensive after a collapse in hopes of a further rise in U.S. interest rates this year drove its biggest daily fall.
U.S. sovereign bond prices gained, pushing yields lower as oil price volatility continued to weigh on investor sentiment.
European markets tumbled to close sharply lower on Tuesday, as concerns over oil prices haunted traders and investors worldwide.
Asia markets closed mostly lower on Tuesday, weighed by declines in the energy sector as oil prices continued to tumble.
The U.S. dollar fell against the euro and yen on Tuesday after a drop in oil prices suggested U.S. inflation would stay low.
Gold fell after touching a new three-month high on Tuesday, still supported as global growth concerns.
U.S. oil futures extended losses after data from the American Petroleum Institute showed a 3.8 million inventory build.
Oil prices jumped 8 percent higher, snapping a two-day rout, after investors took advantage of a weaker U.S. dollar.
The yen rose on Wednesday as weaker stock markets in Europe spurred investors to buy safe haven assets.
U.S. stocks closed narrowly mixed, stabilizing on the first trading day of February, despite declines in oil and soft China manufacturing data.
U.S. sovereign bond prices fell after an official survey showed China's factory sector contracted for the sixth month and oil prices fell.
European markets finished lower on Monday, as another fall in China's factory activity and a slide in oil prices troubled investors.
Asia markets closed mixed, with indexes in Australia, Japan and Korea extending Friday's gains on the back of the BOJ's surprise rate move.
Gold advanced at the start of the month on Monday as poor Chinese manufacturing numbers underlined the weak outlook for the global economy.