The dollar steadied as investors awaited guidance from the U.S. Federal Reserve, expected to reiterate caution on raising interest rates.
Asian equity markets followed their U.S. peers higher on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy statement.
Stocks rose Tuesday as investors considered earnings and an unexpected drop in orders for durable goods.
Wall Street trade will hinge on the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, which is seen opting for an end to monthly bond purchases.
U.S. Treasury yields continued to rise on Tuesday amid data and expectations of Fed action.
European stocks ended the day firmly in positive territory on Tuesday, as investors prepared for a key monetary policy decision from the U.S.
Gold logged a slight gain as softer than expected pressured the dollar, but moves were muted ahead of a closely-watched Fed meeting.
Brent crude oil steadied below $86 a barrel on Tuesday, after dipping close to $85 earlier in the day, supported by a rally in European equities and a fall in the U.S. dollar.
The dollar fell on Tuesday on disappointing U.S. durable goods and home price data ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting.
Asian equities were mixed on Tuesday ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting with China's benchmark index outperforming the region following strong data.
Stocks declined Monday as crude dropped below $80 a barrel and Merck & Co. narrowed its 2014 outlook.
Wall Street looked set for a higher market open on Tuesday, as traders eyed earnings from DuPont, Pfizer and Facebook.
Gold settled lower ahead of this week's Fed meeting, with a retreat in the dollar and a softer tone to stocks helping the metal.
The euro recovered lost ground in rangebound trade on Monday, boosted by weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data.
Oil prices settled modestly lower after touching a 28-month low earlier after Goldman Sachs slashed its price forecasts.
Europe's stock markets closed lower after a closely-watched German economic report came in weaker than expected.
Asian shares were mixed on Monday following gains on Wall Street and results from the European Central Bank's stress tests.
Stocks rose Friday amid earnings from Microsoft and Amazon and others.
Wall Street looked set for a lower open on Monday, as traders focused on big third-quarter earnings from Merck, T-Mobile US and Twitter.
European shares traded lower, amid concerns about the results of Europe's bank stress tests and the first Ebola case in New York.
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