European stocks finished in the red on Wednesday as sharp declines from European banks and miners weighed on sentiment, ahead of a number of key policy events.
The U.S. dollar hit its lowest level in two weeks against the yen after Japan delayed a sales tax hike for longer than expected.
Gold turned negative on Wednesday, as the dollar briefly pared losses following U.S. manufacturing data.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wall Street Thursday morning as traders eyed data and OPEC's meeting in Vienna.
Oil prices closed off their session lows after OPEC sources said the group was likely to consider a new output ceiling.
Most major Asian markets ended lower Wednesday after mixed signals from China's PMI data and better-than-expected Australian economic growth.
U.S. stocks closed mixed Tuesday, the last trading day of May, as investors eyed economic reports for indications on the timing of the next rate hike.
U.S. sovereign bond prices climbed Tuesday as markets reopened after the Memorial Day weekend and digested a raft of data.
European stock markets finished lower on Tuesday as investors pondered key events ahead this week including meetings of the European Central Bank and OPEC.
Asian markets were mostly higher Tuesday, with Chinese markets up more than 2 percent and Japan shares rising after above-expectation economic data.
The dollar was mostly flat against a basket of major currencies after U.S. data failed to support expectations for a June or July Fed hike.
Gold rose, rebounding from a 3-1/2-month low hit in the previous session, but remained on track for its biggest monthly decline since November.
WTI closed lower, after the UAE oil minister said he was happy with the oil market, noting that prices had been correcting higher.
U.S. stock-index futures declined on Wednesday, as global stock markets headed lower after disappointing manufacturing data from China.
European markets closed higher on Monday after hints from the U.S. Federal Reserve's Janet Yellen and James Bullard about when the Fed might next raise interest rates.
The dollar reached a one-month high against the yen on Monday, after Fed Chair Janet Yellen fanned expectations the Fed would raise U.S. rates soon.
Gold fell below $1,200 on Monday, as comments from Fed chief Janet Yellen on the likelihood of higher rates sent the dollar to two-month highs.
Oil prices inched up toward $50 a barrel, although uncertainty ahead of an OPEC producer-group meeting later in the week was expected to cap gains.
U.S. stocks closed higher Friday, posting a solid week of gains, after Fed Chair Janet Yellen's remarks.
Treasury yields rose after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that an interest rate hike is "probably" appropriate in the near-term.