Stocks traded higher on Friday as investors shrugged off worries about a possible government shutdown.
European equities closed higher Friday as investors digested strong economic data.
Major indexes in Asia closed mostly higher, with the Australian benchmark underperforming regional markets.
Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Friday as a bounce-back in U.S. production outweighed ongoing declines in crude inventories.
The dollar held steady above a three-year low, marking a fifth week of falls.
U.S. government debt prices were lower on Friday, as investors turned their attention to the U.S. political and economic spheres.
U.S. stock index futures posted gains ahead of the open on Friday, as investors paid close attention to the political space.
The Dow fell as investors assessed the possibility of the government shutting down at the end of the week.
European markets closed slightly higher on Thursday, as investors monitored recent gains from Wall Street.
Stock indexes in Asia closed mixed after the Nikkei 225 gave up early gains late in the session.
The U.S. dollar fell on Thursday amid concerns over a possible U.S. government shutdown.
Oil rebounded after slipping below $69 a barrel on Thursday, supported by a record drawdown of U.S. crude stockpiles.
U.S. government debt yields rose after the Labor Department said the number initial jobless claims fell to the lowest level in 45 years.
Gold prices rose on Friday, supported by a weaker dollar amid worries about a possible U.S. government shutdown.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lackluster open on Thursday, following a strong performance on Wall Street yesterday.
Stocks rose on Wednesday following the release of stronger-than-expected quarterly results from some of the biggest U.S. companies.
Europe closed under pressure Wednesday as positive trade on Wall Street failed to lift sentiment, as corporate news dominated discussion.
Asian markets closed in negative territory on Wednesday after Wall Street closed lower.
Oil prices ended higher on Wednesday ahead of the release of U.S. petroleum data that was expected to show a ninth straight weekly drawdown.
The dollar held its modest losses on Wednesday, even as the Federal Reserve's latest Beige Book showed U.S. business activity was expanding.