U.S. stocks closed lower as health care stocks weighed, but the major averages pared losses significantly for the Dow and S&P to post monthly gains.
U.S. government debt prices were lower on Friday, as investors looked to the release of several pieces of data.
European equities finished the last trading day of the month sharply lower, as a raft of disappointing earnings dragged stocks deep into the red.
Asia markets were mostly lower on Friday, as investors digested major central banks' decisions to stand pat on their monetary policies.
The yen built further on a round of strong gains since the Bank of Japan meeting, moving to an 18-month high against the dollar.
Gold hit a seven-week peak and silver its highest since January last year as a BoJ decision to hold off further stimulus weighed on stocks.
U.S. oil dipped after an early rise to 2016 peaks, but posted a gain of about 20 percent for April.
U.S. stocks closed about 1 percent lower or more Thursday, as fresh declines in Apple weighed on the major averages.
U.S. government debt prices were mixed on Thursday, as investors eyed the release of important data.
European stocks finished mixed on Thursday as markets eyed the rebound in oil prices, after digesting earnings and the latest central bank decisions.
The yen rallied sharply and stocks tumbled Thursday after the BOJ kept monetary policy steady policy steady at a scheduled meeting.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat to slightly lower open on Friday morning, following hefty losses on Thursday, as traders eyed earnings and data.
The dollar pared losses against the yen, but was still on track to notch its biggest daily loss against the Japanese currency in eight months.
Gold rose as the BOJ held off from expanding stimulus and the Fed signaled it was in no rush to tighten.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures settled at $46.03, up 1.5 percent, or 70 cents, marking its highest level since Nov. 4.
U.S. stocks closed mixed Wednesday, amid sharp declines in Apple shares on disappointing earnings, as investors eyed the Fed statement.
U.S. sovereign bond prices rose on Wednesday following the Federal Reserve’s April rate decision.
European stocks finished slightly higher on Wednesday, as investors remained cautious ahead of the latest Fed decision and digested earnings.
Asia markets closed lower on Wednesday, ahead of key central bank decisions from the Fed and the Bank of Japan this week.
The dollar index briefly popped, holding about 0.2 percent higher, before holding slightly lower.