Asia markets traded mixed, where Toshiba shares came under pressure from a Nikkei report, while Samsung Group stocks pulled back after initial gains.
U.S. stocks closed mixed on Wednesday as investors awaited remarks from the top Federal Reserve official.
U.S. government debt prices were lower as investors digested strong inflation data and remarks from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
European stocks closed slightly higher on Wednesday as investors digested a number of corporate reports.
South Korea's Kospi index finished flat as investors eye the fate of Samsung chief Jay Y. Lee, following a Wednesday court hearing.
Investors eyed an upcoming speech by the head of the Federal Reserve and U.S. inflation data for clues on the path of interest rates.
U.S. shale production is set to snap a three-month decline in February, the Energy Information Administration said.
Gold retreated on Wednesday from the previous day's eight-week high.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Wednesday as traders digested a host of corporate earnings.
U.S. equities fell on Tuesday, with financials lagging, as uncertainty around President-elect Donald Trump's policies grew.
U.S. government debt prices were higher on Tuesday morning as investors geared up for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.
European markets mostly lower on Tuesday afternoon after U.K. PM May outlined her priorities for the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
Theresa May triggered the pound's biggest jump in eight years.
Gains were capped by forecasts for rising U.S. and Russian production and skepticism that OPEC as a whole would comply with output cuts.
Gold jumped to its highest in nearly eight weeks on Tuesday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said the dollar was "too strong."
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Tuesday as investors digested key remarks from the top British leader.
Asia shares traded mixed on Tuesday, with Japanese stocks under pressure from a relatively stronger yen.
European stocks closed lower on Monday as investors await more detail on the U.K.'s Brexit plan and eyed Trump's inauguration on Friday.
Samsung shares slumped on Monday after news that a South Korean special prosecutor will seek an arrest warrant for the Samsung Group chief.
Sterling was hit by fears that Prime Minister Theresa May will say on Tuesday that Britain will lose its access to the EU single market.