European markets closed sharply lower on Thursday, as further turmoil in China and a turbulent oil environment, rocked investor sentiment.
China's stocks were suspended from trade on Thursday after the CSI 300 tumbled more than 7 percent in early trade, triggering the market's circuit breaker.
Gold climbed above $1,100 an ounce for the first time in nine weeks as investors sent money into the metal amid a global stock market rout.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a higher open on Friday after the jobs report showed creation of 292,000 jobs.
Oil lurched to new 12-year lows before paring losses on Thursday, with some traders betting a rout had run its course, for now.
It hit a one-month low of $1.0709 two days ago.
U.S. stocks closed lower, pressured by continued concerns about global economic growth, low oil prices and increased geopolitical tensions.
European markets closed sharply lower on Wednesday after geopolitical risks increased uncertainty among investors.
Asian markets remained pressured Wednesday after North Korea's purported nuclear test. But markets in China bucked the trend to finish solidly higher.
U.S. stocks closed narrowly mixed Tuesday, stabilizing after a sharply lower start to the year, amid pressure from declines in oil prices and Apple stock.
U.S. Treasury bonds and notes were mixed on Tuesday, as jittery Chinese markets weighed on risk sentiment and boosted demand for "safe-haven" assets.
European markets finished higher on Tuesday, as global sentiment regained some ground after steep falls in the previous session.
China's shares took a wild ride Tuesday, darting between gains and losses to close mixed, while other Asia markets retraced some declines.
U.S. stock index futures indicated a sharply lower open on Thursday after trading in China was suspended for the second time in a week.
U.S. oil tumbled 5.56 percent after a sharp rise in U.S. gasoline inventories.
The yen rose on Tuesday as traders sought safety in the low-risk currency on anxiety about sluggish global growth.
The dollar weakened against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after the release of the FOMC minutes from its December meeting.
Oil fell on fears about China's economic growth and a stronger U.S. dollar, returning some of the gains triggered by Middle East tensions.
Gold added to an overnight price surge, as geopolitical tension in the Middle East and a global stock market rout triggered safe-haven bids.
U.S. stock index futures pared losses to point to flat to higher open as oil struggled for gains amid pressure from jittery Chinese markets.