Stocks closed marginally higher as investors awaited the latest monetary policy decisions from the Fed and the BOJ.
Longer-dated U.S. Treasury bonds gained on Tuesday, while shorter-dated notes fell.
European stocks closed just above the flatline as investors awaited the outcomes of policy meetings by the U.S. Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan.
Asia markets ended mixed on Tuesday, with traders likely taking to the sidelines to await Wednesday's closely watched Fed and BOJ meetings.
Oil prices turned sharply higher on Tuesday after earlier slipping on concerns over a potential rise in U.S. crude stocks.
The dollar edged up against major currencies on Tuesday in light trading as investors retraced last week's moves ahead of meetings.
Gold rose ahead of a two-day U.S. Federal Reserve meeting that investors are betting will leave interest rates unchanged.
U.S. stock-index futures gained on Tuesday as traders awaited the start of the U.S. Federal Reserve's two-day meeting.
Stocks closed mostly flat after a choppy session, with telecommunications lagging.
U.S. sovereign bond prices rose on Monday, as U.S. stock-index futures ticked higher and oil prices gained.
European stocks closed higher on Monday as investors cheered a rally in oil markets and awaited the start of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting this week.
A technical glitch halted trading in Australia's market for most of Monday's session, but other Asia markets gained.
Gold rose as the dollar slipped, but gains were capped by nerves ahead of a Fed meeting and a rise in U.S. government bond yields.
The dollar fell with a stronger oil price the chief theme in a market battening down the hatches ahead of Fed and BOJ meetings.
Clashes in Libya which raised concerns about crude exports also contributed to the rise in oil prices.
U.S. stock-index futures ticked higher on Monday, as European stocks rallied on the back of a gain in oil prices.
Stocks closed lower as investors digested key inflation data and looked ahead to next week's Federal Reserve meeting.
U.S. government debt prices were mixed on Friday as investors digested key inflation data.
European stocks closed lower Friday, clocking their worst percentage drop since the middle of June.
Asia markets traded higher on the final trading day of the week, ahead of next week's key central bank meetings in the U.S. and Japan.