Asian equities were mostly higher on Thursday following a rally in global markets amid hopes for additional monetary stimulus in China and Europe.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a marginally higher open on Thursday, ahead of earnings from Nike and more speeches from the FOMC.
Stocks rose on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 rebounding from a five-week low, aftera report on new-home sales.
Bonds traded lower on Wednesday after the U.S. government's auction of five-year Treasury notes saw weak demand.
European shares closed up on Wednesday, after wavering throughout the day, as weak economic data from Germany fuelled ECB stimulus hopes.
Gold settled lower on Wednesday as the dollar climbed to levels not seen in four years and global shares rebounded.
Crude reversed a steep drop, boosting both Brent and U.S. oil after data showed a surprise drop in U.S. inventories.
The yen rose after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced concern about the economic impact of its fall to a six-year low.
Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday amid concerns about global growth and renewed unrest in the Middle East.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher Wall Street open on Wednesday, ahead of further housing market indicators.
Stocks declined Tuesday amid increased conflict in the Middle East and as the U.S. moved to curb inversion deals.
European shares closed lower on Tuesday, due to weak economic data and new tax rules in the U.S. hitting the pharmaceutical sector.
Brent crude rose above $97 after a survey showed China's factory activity unexpectedly picked up in September, helping brighten the demand outlook.
Gold rose as the dollar eased after comments from a NY Fed official that any increase in interest rates should be done cautiously.
The battered euro pulled away from a 14-month trough against the dollar, as the greenback eased after a 10-week streak of gains.
Asian stocks ended mixed on Tuesday following Chinese factory data but trade was quiet with Japan shut for the Autumnal Equinox holiday.
Stocks fell Monday, retreating from record levels, as China signaled it would not boost stimulus.
Wall Street looked set to open lower again on Tuesday, after the U.S. announced it had launched airstrikes in Syria.
European shares closed down on Monday, with sentiment curbed by lower commodity prices as well as an profit warning from supermarket Tesco.
Brent crude fell below $98 a barrel on Monday as sluggish demand and abundant supplies outweighed a possible cut in oil output from the OPEC.
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