European stocks ended sharply higher on Wednesday, helped by a rally in mining and banking stocks, following better-than-expected China export data.
Asia markets traded higher on Wednesday, after a rise in oil prices boosted Wall Street and China trade data showed exports climbed in March.
U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday, with energy stocks leading as crude topped $42 a barrel, as investors awaited the bulk of earnings due over the next few weeks.
The dollar climbed to a two-week peak against the euro, as gains in stock markets and improved data out of China drew investors into riskier bets.
The price of gold fell from the previous day's three-week peak on Wednesday as the dollar surged to a two-week high against the euro.
U.S. oil gave up short-lived gains following mixed U.S. data that showed a bigger-than-expected build in crude stockpiles.
European stocks accelerated gains at the end of Tuesday's session to close higher, as investors cheered on the rally in commodity prices.
U.S. sovereign bond prices edged lower Tuesday as investors awaited a three-year note auction and the monthly Federal budget statement.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat to slightly higher open Thursday as investors eyed oil prices and earnings from major financial institutions.
Most major Asia markets ended higher Tuesday, shrugging off after a lower finish in U.S. equities overnight ahead of earnings season.
U.S. stocks turned lower as the close approached to end slightly lower Monday as investors looked ahead to earnings season.
The dollar rebounded from a more than seven-month low against a basket of currencies, led by gains versus the safe-haven yen.
Gold eased from three-week highs on Tuesday as the dollar rebounded from a near 8-month low.
U.S. oil closed at 2016 highs after a report that top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to freeze output.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open Wednesday, after some encouraging China data and earnings results from the first Dow component of the earnings season.
U.S. sovereign bonds were virtually unchanged Monday after speeches by the U.S. Treasury Secretary and a Federal Reserve official.
European markets ended mostly higher on Monday as a recovery in oil prices and a rally in Italian banks, boosted sentiment.
Asia markets retraced some early losses Monday, but a strong yen continued to weigh Japan shares even as China inflation data bolstered mainland stocks.
U.S. oil prices rose over 1 percent as a rally in wider commodities markets encouraged buying ahead of a meeting of oil producers.
Gold prices shot to their highest in almost three weeks, setting the market on a steady course toward $1,300 per ounce.