European shares ended the day on a negative note, but were higher on the week, as traders digested Thursday's U.S. jobs report and ECB rate decision.
Gold edged up on Friday, gaining some traction from weaker European shares, but was vulnerable to further losses after falling in the previous session.
German industrial output fell 1.8 percent on the month in May, its biggest drop in more than two years, surprising most analysts.
European stocks closed lower on Monday following weak industrial production data for Germany, which stoked fears of a slowdown in Europe's largest economy.
Asian stocks declined in rangebound trade on Monday in the absence of a lead from Wall Street last week due to the July 4 U.S. holiday.
U.S. stock index futures will likely continue to digest last week's non-farm payrolls data and look ahead to minutes from the Fed's June meeting.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly higher open on Thursday, ahead of the monthly non-farm payrolls jobs report.
European markets ended the day higher, after the ECB held fire and the widely-watched U.S. non-farm payrolls came in stronger than expected.
Brent crude settled below $111 a barrel, losing more than 2 percent this week.
Crude oil dropped as supply fears began to ease after Libya declared an end to an oil crisis that has slashed exports.
The dollar struggled to make more headway after a jump in U.S. job creation left stock markets in optimistic mood.
Stocks rose on Thursday, lifting the Dow industrials above 17,000, after the June jobs report.
Asian equities ended mixed on Friday following a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.
U.S. Treasury bonds rose and the yield curve steepened on Wednesday after a big jump in private payrolls.
Crude oil fell amid encouraging signs for supply from Libya and Iraq, with prices headed toward the lowest close in nearly 3 weeks.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, which will be a busy day for business activity indicators.
Gold ended lower, halting a four-session win-streak, as the dollar extended earlier gains after U.S. nonfarm payrolls rose more than expected in June.
The dollar was broadly bid on Thursday by a stronger-than-expected U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for June.
Treasurys yields rose after traders reconsidered recent bullish bets on bonds on nervousness ahead of Thursday's closely watched US jobs report.
Asian equity markets turned mixed on Thursday in cautious trade before key U.S. economic data and a European Central Bank meeting.
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