The Dow Jones industrial average rose on Wednesday after tech giant IBM reported better-than-expected quarterly results.
European markets closed higher Wednesday, as investors monitored the latest batch of earnings and economic data releases.
Asian shares closed mixed as investors looked to China's Party Congress for signs on future policy direction.
The dollar edged higher as markets awaited further news on the possible appointment of a hawk as Fed chair and progress on U.S. tax reforms.
Oil prices rose, lifted by a fall in U.S. inventories and concerns that tensions in the Middle East could disrupt supplies.
Gold fell for a third straight session on Wednesday on pressure from a firmer dollar.
U.S. government debt yields rose Wednesday, as investors awaited the latest economic releases from the U.S., including the Beige Book.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open Wednesday, as investors turned their attention to new data and earnings.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose on Tuesday, and broke above 23,000 for the first time on an intraday basis.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was down 0.25 percent, with most sectors and major bourses in negative territory.
The Nikkei 225 closed higher for an 11th straight session while a broader index of Asian shares were little changed on Tuesday.
The dollar rose to a one-week high against a basket of currencies on Tuesday on speculation about the Federal Reserve head.
Oil prices ended Tuesday's session flat after a volatile day driven by concerns over clashes in Iraq's northern crude producing region.
Gold prices fell to a near one-week low on Tuesday on speculation the next Fed Chair will favor higher interest rates
U.S. government debt yields varied Tuesday, as investors pivoted their attention to a new batch of economic data set to come out.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a relatively flat open Tuesday, as investors turn their attention to new data and corporate earnings.
U.S. stocks rose to record highs on Monday as Wall Street looked ahead to the release of Netflix's quarterly results.
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Asia markets gained, following the strong lead from Wall Street and as investors watch for developments out of China.
The dollar gained slightly on Monday as investors repositioned after the greenback hit its lowest levels in more than two weeks on Friday.