Gold edged down, but managed to hold above $1,200 an ounce on a weaker dollar after poor economic data raised doubts over the US growth outlook.
The U.S. Treasury prices rose, after an ADP private sector payroll report came in weaker than expected, showing how weather has continued to hit growth.
European equities closed higher on Wednesday, following some positive economic data for the euro zone.
US oil closed up more than 5% after government data showed inventories rose for a 12th consecutive week.
Gold roseas the dollar retreated after a downbeat US jobs report raised expectations the Fed could be more cautious in tightening monetary policy.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a softer open on Thursday, amid of a raft of data as investors prepared for a shorter week due to the Easter vacation.
Chinese shares outperform the region as data suggesting a sluggish economy fueled hopes of more monetary stimulus measures.
The dollar fell for a second straight day, as investors pared back hefty positions ahead of a U.S. non-farm payrolls report.
The dollar fell at the start of the second quarter on disappointing data on U.S. manufacturing and jobs growth.
U.S. stocks closed lower, giving back most of Monday's major gains, as investors eyed mixed economic data and the end of the first quarter.
Long-term U.S. government debt prices turned negative on Tuesday after a key reading on the housing market showed home prices rising.
Equities in Shanghai and Tokyo closed down late Tuesday, while the rest of the region advanced as Beijing unleashed new policy measures.
U.S. stocks closed more than 1 percent higher on Monday amid encouraging talk of stimulus in Asia, as investors eyed the week's economic data.
U.S. government debt prices fell on Monday, pushing yields higher, after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said an interest rate increase might "be warranted" this year.
European equities closed sharply higher on Monday, having extended gains throughout the session.
Asian stocks outside Australia recovered from a lackluster open to rise on Monday as a modestly positive lead from Wall Street offset the impact of sliding oil prices.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open as investors digested the ADP private sector payroll report and awaited a key manufacturing survey.
U.S. stocks closed mildly higher as investors digested Fed Chair Janet Yellen's remarks remained cautious ahead of first quarter earnings in April.
U.S. sovereign bonds rose on Friday, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open on the final day of the first quarter ahead of a number of key data releases.
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