Mumbai, India • European stock markets were down Friday, while Asian markets took cheer from U.S. unemployment claims falling to an eight-year low. Traders were generally cautious at the end of the week, taking a wait-and-see attitude before another set of U.S. indicators due in coming days, including second quarter GDP.
In London, the FTSE 100 index slipped 0.1 percent to 6,812.27 while Germany's DAX fell 0.3 percent to 9,766.57. The CAC-40 in France dropped 0.7 percent to 4,377.80.
Futures indicated caution would prevail on Wall Street, with Dow and S&P 500 futures both down 0.1 percent.
Investors have been on edge since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed last week over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists, killing all 298 people onboard. That has raised the possibility of aggressive sanctions against Russia, a major energy producer with close economic ties to Europe.