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.
U.S. government debt prices fell as investors focused on the testimony of the Federal Reserve's top official and digested economic data.
European bourses closed higher on Wednesday after Fed Chair Janet Yellen hinted at a possible rate hike next month.
Asia markets finished mixed. The Nikkei climbed 1 percent, while Toshiba shares dropped 8.75 percent amid growing concerns.
The greenback was previously on track for its 11th straight day of gains.
Oil prices were choppy on Wednesday after a government report showed a large rise in U.S. crude inventories.