European markets ended mixed following the U.S. jobless data. In London, the Financial Times 100 ended up 104.50 points, or 1.81%, to 5,870.30. Germany's DAX Index ended up 49.11 points, or 0.81%, at 6,138.28. In France, the CAC 40 finished off 1.52 points, or 0.03%, to 5,455.55.
Japan's equity markets were closed in observance of Children's Day. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng ended Friday down sharply, losing 327.15 points, or 2.38%, to finish the session at 13,390.99.