A roundup of trading on major world markets:
NEW YORK - Wall Street stocks finished mixed as a better-than-expected US jobs report helped offset anxiety over Ukraine that sent European equities lower.
At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 27.33 (0.17 per cent) to 16,449.22.
The broad-based S&P 500 edged 0.73 (0.04 per cent) higher to 1,877.76, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index fell 15.90 (0.37 per cent) to 3,703.40.
The monthly US jobs report said the economy added 175,000 jobs in February, an improvement after jobs growth had plummeted the prior two months.
But Ukrainian tensions continued to "fester," said a market note from Charles Schwab. Markets in Britain, France and Germany all moved sharply lower following a threat from Russian gas company Gazprom to halt deliveries to Ukraine.
LONDON - Europe's main stock markets perked up on strong US jobs data but the optimism proved short-lived as Russian energy giant Gazprom's threat to cut off gas to Ukraine quickly sent the indices back down.
Frankfurt's DAX 30 tumbled 2.01 per cent to close at 9,350.75 points on Friday, while London's FTSE 100 dropped 1.12 per cent to 6,712.67 points and in Paris the CAC 40 fell 1.15 per cent to 4,366.42 points.
The indices had briefly ticked up after Washington said the US economy generated 175,000 jobs in February, a rebound from two poor months, but then Gazprom warned Kiev of "a return to the situation at the start of 2009" when the energy giant halted gas to Ukraine in a move that also left much of the EU without supplies, leading to sharp sell-off in stocks.
The euro came off a two-year high of $US1.3915 in morning trade to $US1.3866, up slightly from $US1.3859 late on Thursday in New York.
HONG KONG - Asian markets mostly rose and the US dollar held on to its New York gains after better-than-expected jobs data raised hopes for a strong payrolls report later in the day.
Tokyo rose 0.92 per cent, or 139.32 points, to 15,274.07 and Sydney added 0.30 per cent, or 16.4 points, to 5,462.3 while Seoul finish flat, edging down 0.94 points to 1974.68 owing to a late sell-off.
Shanghai edged a touch lower, dipping 1.67 points to end at 2,057.91 while Hong Kong eased 0.19 per cent, or 42.48 points, to 22,660.49.
WELLINGTON - The benchmark index climbed 10.856 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5125.652.