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.
The dollar was on course to fall after U.S. retail sales data quelled lingering bets on the Fed raising interest rates next week.
Gold hit a two-week low on Friday after data showing faster-than-expected growth in U.S. consumer inflation.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a lower open on Friday as traders digested the release of key inflation data.
European stocks closed higher on Thursday, as upbeat trade on Wall Street boosted markets elsewhere.
U.S. stocks closed sharply higher on Thursday as investors parsed through a series of economic data.
U.S. government debt prices were lower on Thursday as investors digested the release of a host of data.
Oil prices fell on worries that U.S. rig counts would continue to rise and that returning Libyan and Nigerian exports would stoke a global supply glut.
Markets in Asia traded mixed amid lingering uncertainties over key central bank policy meetings due next week.
U.S. stocks closed mostly lower on Wednesday, with energy weighing, as oil prices fell sharply despite bullish inventories data.
U.S. government debt prices traded higher on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to the Federal Reserve’s meeting next week.
European stocks ended mostly mixed on Wednesday, as a renewed decline in oil prices put a dampener on sentiment.