Bourses in Europe closed sharply lower on Friday as euro strengthened and fresh corporate earnings failed to boost sentiment.
Asia markets were subdued on Friday as the euro traded at two-year highs on Thursday comments from the chief of the European Central Bank.
The U.S. dollar hit its lowest level in more than a year against a basket of major rivals on Friday.
Oil prices fell ahead of a meeting of major oil producing nations next week, with Brent slipping further from the $50 per barrel level.
Gold is up 1.6 percent this week as the dollar hit a 13-month low and bond yields fell.
U.S. government debt prices were higher on Friday, as investors continued to digest decisions and comments made by the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a relatively flat open on Friday, as investors continued to wade through another selection of earnings.
U.S. equities on waffled around record levels on Thursday as earnings season continues while political uncertainty in Washington remains.
European stocks closed mixed on Thursday as investors reacted to the European Central Bank's decision to leave interest rates on hold.
Asian indexes closed higher on Thursday as investors digested the Bank of Japan's monetary policy decision.
The dollar fell to its lowest in nearly two years against the euro on Thursday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi's comments.
Both the price of gold and the euro recover ground lost after loose policy reaffirmed by the ECB.
Oil prices slipped from six week highs on Thursday, as analysts offered mixed supply outlooks for the commodity ahead of an OPEC meeting.
U.S. government debt prices were relatively flat on Thursday, as investors awaited for the ECB's latest monetary policy decision.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open, as investors prepared to digest another batch of corporate earnings reports.
U.S. stocks closed at record highs on Wednesday as investors digested key quarterly earnings.
European stocks close higher Wednesday as investors took stock of a series of corporate announcements from across the continent.
Asia markets closed higher as the dollar nursed losses after hitting 10-month lows overnight.
Oil rose on Wednesday, supported by strong demand for gasoline, but rising output from OPEC producers fed concerns about excess crude.
The U.S. dollar recovered some losses against the euro on Wednesday after touching a more than one-year low in the prior session.