Asian bourses closed higher on Thursday, with investors expected to digest comments from central banks overnight.
Oil was roughly flat after hitting a two-week high on Thursday, threatening to spoil a sixth straight session of gains.
The dollar downdraft persists as non-U.S. central banks are seen as hawkish.
Gold fell Thursday, surrendering early gains as signs that central banks might scale back their monetary policy pushed bond yields higher.
U.S. government debt prices extended losses, as investors digested key data releases, while keeping an eye on the central bank space.
U.S. futures pointed to a mixed open after all big banks tested by the Federal Reserve got their capital repurchase programs approved.
U.S. equities closed higher on Wednesday as bank stocks led the charge.
European bourses closed lower on Wednesday, as technology stocks slumped after weakness seen on Wall Street in the previous session.
Asian indexes closed mostly lower on Wednesday after a softer lead from Wall Street, with the vote on a health-care bill in the U.S. delayed.
The euro fell from a one-year high after the European Central Bank said markets misjudged ECB President Mario Draghi's comments a day earlier.
Oil prices rose after government data showed a surprise rise in U.S. stockpiles and a drop in gasoline inventories as refineries cut output.
Gold prices firmed on Wednesday as the dollar struggled and shares weakened after a vote on U.S. healthcare reforms was postponed.
U.S. government debt prices traded mixed after the European Central Bank tried to walk back comments made by its president, Mario Draghi.
U.S. futures pointed to a mixed open, as investors turned their attention to upcoming data releases and tech stocks.
Stocks fell as large-cap technology declined more than 1 percent, while a Senate vote delay raised policy uncertainty.
European markets closed lower on Tuesday after the president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, defended the bank's loose monetary policy and said a premature ending to easing could lead to another recession.
Markets in Asia closed mixed on Monday as traders watched for speeches from central bankers and as oil prices rose.
The euro hit its highest level in over a week on Tuesday as the dollar slipped.
Gold rose Tuesday after hitting a six-week low on Monday.
Oil prices rose on Tuesday as investors covered short positions, but worries over a persistent global supply glut still lingered.