Stocks declined on Thursday, but were off session lows, as investors weighed sluggish economic figures from around the world against efforts by central banks to prop up their respective economies with strong stimulus measures.
U.S. and European shares rose on Wednesday after two days of declines, helped by U.S. housing data, while the yen rose after a brief decline on the Bank of Japan's decision to ease monetary policy further.
Equities rise as investors buy on recent pullbacks
Crude futures fell on Tuesday as investor focus shifted from the likely economic benefit of central bank stimulus to concerns about the sputtering growth that prompted the U.S. Federal Reserve to launch its bond-buying program.
Gold traded flat on Monday as the market took a breather after the previous session's rally to a six-month high, while analysts said resilient bullion demand following the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus suggests the metal has room to rise further.
Oil prices rose on Friday but slipped from four-month highs as concerns about the threat to economic growth from high energy costs tempered hopes for stronger demand after the Federal Reserve launched an aggressive stimulus program.
Wall Street extends gains on Fed; Apple hits record
U.S. stocks rose for a fourth straight session on Friday, a day after the Federal Reserve launched an aggressive bond-buying program to spur the economy, a move that could keep equities buoyed in the coming months.
The dollar tumbled to its lowest level since early May and stock and bond markets curbed some of their resurgent appetite for risk on Thursday as investors waited to see whether the U.S. Federal Reserve announces a new round of money printing.