The euro recovered some ground against the dollar after talks aimed at finding a leftist unity candidate for France's election showed little sign of progress.
Oil prices rose but gains were limited as investors gauged whether an increase in US drilling rigs might offset the push by producers to cut output.
Gold held steady, as traders awaited further clues on the pace of US interest rate rises from a raft of Fed officials due to speak this week.
U.S. equities closed mixed on Friday, but managed another record close, while investors kept an eye on France's presidential election.
U.S. government debt prices were higher on Friday as investors fretted over France's presidential election.
European markets closed mixed on Friday, pausing for breath after a strong rally at the start of the week.
Asia markets traded broadly lower on Friday as Samsung shares were closely watched by investors after Jay Y. Lee's arrest.
The yen rose against major currencies as concerns about the upcoming French elections kindled safe-haven demand for the Japanese currency.
Oil was pressured by growing global stocks, but hope that an output cut by producers might balance the market helped to cap losses.
Gold crept higher as investors opted for the safe haven qualities of bullion due to uncertainty about U.S. and European politics.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday ahead of the Presidents' Day holiday weekend.
U.S. equities closed mostly lower Thursday, taking a breather from a record-setting run, while energy dropped 1 percent.
U.S. government debt prices were higher on Thursday as investors focused on a slew of economic data reports.
European markets closed lower on Thursday as investors paused for breath after fresh record closes on Wall Street in the previous session.
Asia markets traded mixed on Thursday despite U.S. gains. Toshiba shares extended their tumble amid concerns over its restructuring plans.
The dollar headed for a second day of losses on Thursday, falling against the euro, yen and the basket of currencies.
OPEC may extend its oil supply-reduction pact with non-members if global crude inventories fail to drop to a targeted level, sources said.
Gold rose on Thursday as the dollar weakened after a 10-day winning streak.
Equities in the United States climbed to new highs on Wednesday as investors parsed through key economic data.
U.S. stock index futures traded lower on Thursday as traders digested economic data.