London • Markets settled down Friday but jitters over the downing of a Malaysian jetliner over Ukraine remained at the fulcrum of investors' thoughts.
All 283 passengers and 15 crew members aboard the Amsterdam-to-Kuala Lumpur flight were killed in Thursday's crash. U.S authorities and aviation experts say the Boeing 777 was likely brought down by a ground-to-air missile, but so far there is no proof of who fired it. Ukraine and the insurgents blame each other.
News of the crash weighed on markets on Thursday and for much of Friday's session before some positive momentum at the U.S. open.
"The Dow Jones retook the 17,000 handle again this afternoon, proving yet again that if traders want to find resilience in this market then they must look to U.S. indices," said Alastair McCaig, market analyst at IG.