Wednesday Outlook: Asian stocks struggle; dollar gains

Oil falls, gold inches higher on economic recovery woes

  
People are reflected in an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan January 14, 2016. Asian shares skidded on Thursday in the wake of steep losses on Wall Street, while a rout in oil and commodities prices, with crude plumbing 12-year lows, heightened fears about the global economy. Japan's Nikkei cratered 3.9 percent, as downbeat domestic data added to the gloom.

People are reflected in an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei share average outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan January 14, 2016. Asian shares skidded on Thursday in the wake of steep losses on Wall Street, while a rout in oil and commodities prices, with crude plumbing 12-year lows, heightened fears about the global economy. Japan's Nikkei cratered 3.9 percent, as downbeat domestic data added to the gloom.

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Asian stocks struggle to build on Wall Street gains, dollar rises
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Gold inches higher on U.S.-China tensions, recovery woes
U.S. gold futures eased 0.1% to $1,905.60

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Brent crude was trading down 21 cents, or 0.5%, at $41.51 a barrel by 0055 GMT


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