On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 63.27 points, or 0.25 percent, to 25,106.26, the S&P 500 gained 1.83 points, or 0.07 percent, to 2,707.88 and the Nasdaq Composite added 9.85 points, or 0.14 percent, to 7,298.20.
“The sentiment continues to be investor anxiety about U.S.-China trade relations, the slowing global growth, and I think this week what is starting to really creep into investors’ anxiety is around corporate earnings,” Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors in Boston, told Reuters.
Middle East markets
Stock markets in the region dropped on Thursday, Qatar’s index was the worst performer.
The Qatari index dropped 1.7 percent as market heavyweight Industries Qatar dropped 1.9 percent and Middle East's largest lender Qatar National Bank was down 1.6 percent.
In Dubai, the index lost 0.6 percent, with all its real estate stocks dropping. Emaar Properties dropped 2.7 percent, while its unit Emaar Development lost 3.7 percent. Damac Properties was down 3.8 percent.
The Abu Dhabi index was also down 0.6 percent, led by a 10 percent slump in Waha Capital.
Saudi Arabia's index lost 0.2 percent, with Al Rajhi Bank dropping 0.4 percent and Savola Group shedding 2.7 percent.
Egypt's blue-chip index fell 0.1 percent as country's biggest lender Commercial International Bank dropped 0.5 percent following gains in the previous sessions.
Kuwait’s index was mainly flat, Oman’s index edged 0.2 percent lower and Bahrain’s index added 0.7 percent.
Oil prices rose on Friday but ended the week lower.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures strengthened 8 cents to settle at $52.72 a barrel but recorded a weekly slump of more than 4 percent, their steepest this year.
Brent crude futures gained 39 cents to settle at $62.02. On the week, Brent dipped more than 1 percent.
The dollar rallied on Friday, posting gains for the week.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, rose 0.13 percent on Friday.
Gold prices rose on Friday as investors dumped equities and turned to safe havens.
Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,313.95 per ounce at 1854 GMT, having recovered from an over one-week low of $1,302.11 touched on Thursday.
U.S. gold futures settled up 0.3 percent at $1,318.50.
(Reporting by Gerard Aoun; Editing by Mily Chakrabarty)
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