Global stocks were mostly lower Tuesday as investors digested signals from the Jackson Hole meeting of central bankers and looked ahead to data expected to show an improving U.S. economy.
Asian stock markets were muted Monday after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech left investors guessing about the central bank's next move on interest rates.
Investors appear to be putting their money on the likelihood of more stimulus measures from the European Central Bank to keep the eurozone's shaky recovery from stalling.
The central bankers meeting this week at their annual conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, aren't exactly in sync.
Most Asian stock markets inched higher Friday after a record day on Wall Street powered by upbeat data that adds to evidence the world's biggest economy is gaining strength.
Consensus among policymakers at the Bank of England has been shattered, with two of nine members of the monetary policy committee voting to increase interest rates from a record low of 0.5 percent.