Asian equities dipped on Thursday, giving up earlier modest gains as Chinese shares fell.
Fresh round of merger and acquisition activity in the U.S. healthcare sector lifted global stock prices.
European stocks opened firmer and lower-rated government bond prices edged up on Friday.
Will end its stimulus programme if U.S. economic growth continues at its current pace.
U.S. stock index futures edged slightly lower on Monday, indicating a modest pullback from record levels.
Asian stocks lingered near three-year highs as investors waited for the U.S. nonfarm payrolls report.
Asian shares held near three-year highs on Tuesday on upbeat Chinese manufacturing data.
Experts warn financial markets are increasingly out of sync with shaky global growth prospects.
Fears violence could escalate further prompted investors to take refuge in safer assets such as German bonds.
Crude extended gains and tested nine-month highs on fears the insurgency in Iraq could spread.
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