Asia markets struggled on Thursday closed mixed, with the Nikkei down more than 1 percent after Toshiba tumbled on credit downgrades.
European shares open mixed Wednesday as trading resumes after the Christmas break.
The U.S. dollar hit its highest level in two months against the sterling on Wednesday on concerns over next year's Brexit negotiations.
Crude oil prices edged up for a fourth consecutive session on Wednesday, close to their highest intraday levels since mid-2015.
Gold prices fell from a near two-week high in the previous session, rebounding due to thin volume amid a slightly weaker dollar.
U.S. government debt prices ticked lower on Tuesday, as investors looked out for a number of bond auctions and the release of economic data.
Asian shares were mixed on Wednesday, with South Korea's shares dropping as its political scandal grew and Toshiba plunges 20 percent.
U.S. stocks ended slightly higher Tuesday, kicking off the last trading week of the year on a positive note.
European stocks were flat in morning trade on Tuesday amid thin volumes during the holiday period in the region.
Asian shares were mixed on Tuesday amid low-volume holiday trading, despite strong growth in China's industrial profits in November.
The dollar inched up against the yen on Wednesday after upbeat U.S. economic data reinforced expectations for economic growth.
With oil near $54 a barrel, U.S. crude futures are not far from the year's high of $54.51 high reached on December 12.
Gold prices rose in Asian trade on light buying out of China, but trading was thin after the long Christmas weekend.
U.S. equities closed mostly flat ahead of Christmas, as the Dow tried again to reach the psychologically important level of 20,000.
U.S. government debt prices were mixed on Friday as investors eyed the release of data.
European markets closed around the flat line Friday as trading desks began to thin out in a shortened trading day for some major bourses.
Stocks fell as investors digested a series of economic data, while the Dow struggled to reach a key psychological level.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, with investors set to delve through fresh economic data.
The dollar headed into the Christmas break on Friday just over half a percent off highs hit after this month's Fed meeting.
Oil fell below $55 as higher Libyan output threatened to counter some of the supply cuts planned by OPEC.