After the unemployment claims came in higher-than-expected, and the house representatives did not report any progress regarding the stimulus talks, most of the benchmarks closed in the red.
Crude oil gained 2.8%, trading at $46.78 per barrel.
Gold ended the session at 1,839.60 per ounce.
Asia and Australia
The economic readings which showed a slowdown in consumer price and the producer prices left their marks on the markets
Japan255 lost 0.35%.
HongKong45 fell 0.30% after gyms and beauty parlors closed, and restaurants offered dine-in services until 6 PM.
Down under, Australia200 inched 0.62% lower.
Germany30 and France40 each went down 0.6% as investors looked for more monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank. At the same time, UK100 climbed 0.6%, even though the Brexit talks failed to reach a conclusion.
Brent oil closed 2.8% higher at $50.25 a barrel.
EUR/USD traded at 1.2088.
GBP/USD was seen at 1.3366.
Sources: reuters.com, investing.com