Asian stocks advanced Friday while European markets opened lower as investors waited for American jobs data and details of U.S.-Chinese trade talks.
Benchmarks in London and Frankfurt retreated while Shanghai and Tokyo gained.
Monthly U.S. employment numbers are expected to be a factor in the Federal Reserve’s decision this month on interest rates. Markets expect a solid 165,000 increase in non-farm payrolls.
The central bank has said it is prepared to cut rates to shore up the U.S. economy if trade disputes crimp growth.