Overseas Trading: Global Stocks Mixed on Jobs Friday

Stocks in Asia and Europe are mixed ahead of the U.S. jobs report

Feb 5, 2016 at 8:34 AM
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Asian markets finished a low-volume session mixed, with Japan's Nikkei falling 1.3% as the yen hit a two-week high against the dollar. China's Shanghai Composite finished 0.6% lower -- but notched its biggest weekly gain since Dec. 25 -- despite the People's Bank of China (PBOC) injecting funds into the market for a third time this week. Chinese markets will be closed next week for the Lunar New Year holiday. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng and South Korea's Kospi posted modest gains of 0.6% and 0.1%, respectively.

Stocks in Europe are also mixed at midday, as traders continue to ride the wave of choppy crude futures, and await today's U.S. jobs report. At last check, London's FTSE 100 is 0.3% higher, France's CAC 40 is up 0.4%, and the German DAX has slipped 0.3%.


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