The dollar dipped for a second day as traders booked profits ahead of a batch of U.S. data later in the day.
Gold prices fell on Thursday, as the dollar slipped and new U.S. economic data was released.
U.S. equities fell slightly on Wednesday, with real estate lagging, as the Dow Jones industrial average failed to reach 20,000.
U.S. government debt prices were higher on Wednesday as investors remain undeterred from geopolitical tension.
Asian shares lost ground on Thursday amid thinner pre-holiday trade, after the Dow failed to reach the 20,000 mark overnight.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Thursday as traders digested the release of a big batch of data.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday as concerns increased regarding the stability of the Italian banking system.
The dollar took a breather from its run since the November 8 U.S. presidential election.
The dollar's retreat prompted some buyers to hunt for bargains after gold's sharp slide from its November high.
Oil prices edged up in tepid trading on Thursday, supported by strong U.S. data, a pause in the U.S. dollar rally.
Stocks rose as investors remained unfazed by geopolitical tensions, while the Dow Jones industrial average kept marching toward 20,000.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday as traders remained unfazed by geopolitical tensions.
Asian markets ended mixed on Wednesday, after the Dow hit a new record close overnight just shy of the psychological 20,000 level.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday morning in low-volume trade ahead of a slew of earnings.
U.S. government debt prices were lower on Tuesday in low volume trade as investors remained unfazed by geopolitical tension.
European stocks closed higher on Tuesday with investors digesting news of two separate attacks in the German and Turkish capitals.
The dollar was boosted by Fed comments that kept alive market expectations for a faster pace of U.S. interest rate hikes next year.
Analysts polled by Reuters expected weekly U.S. crude oil inventories to show a draw of 2.4 million barrels in the week ending Dec. 16.
Markets focused on the possibility of further U.S. interest rate hikes next year.
The Nasdaq 100 hit a fresh all-time intraday high, while the three major indexes closed within 0.75 percent of their record highs.