In Europe, the FTSE added 12 points (+0.2%) to settle at 5303, whilst the CAC (+0.7%) and DAX (+0.5%) were slightly stronger.
Stateside the Dow shed 20 points (-0.2%), whilst the S&P lost 0.8% and the Nasdaq slipped 1.1%.
The move lower in the States snapped a three-session win streak for US stocks, with a mixed jobs reports and credit ratings cuts for Italy and Spain the catalysts for the weakness.
The euro weakened against the yen for the sixth straight week after Italy and Spain were downgraded and despite assurances from the ECB that it will aid regional banks.
Commodities were mixed, copper (+0.8%) and oil (+0.5%) were stronger, whilst gold slipped 1%.
Today’s session will bring us data in the form of ANZ job advertisements, at 11:30am, AEST.