Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer on Friday said that no "acute risks" threaten short-term financial stability.
But in prepared remarks, he made no direct reference to the U.S. central bank's current monetary policy plans or the state of the economy. Investors watched Fischer's comments for indicators of when the Fed may move off of near-zero interest rates after a disappointing U.S. jobs number earlier in the day.
The U.S. economy created 142,000 jobs in September, while the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.1 percent, according to the Labor Department. The number came in well below economists' expectations, which could affect the Fed's decision to possibly start raising interest rates soon.