European stock markets finished higher Friday with help from strength in drug stocks. London's Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index added 24 points, or 0.55%, to 4,397.00. In Paris, the CAC 40 gained 36.05 points, or 1.06%, to 3,448.60. Germany's DAX index added 31.81 points, or 0.84%, trading at 3,797.40.
Asian stock markets finished lower Friday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index shed 170.61 points, or 1.65%, to 10,167.06, led by losses in tech and Internet-related shares. Sluggish U.S. stocks overnight renewed concern about Japan's strength.
In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng index lost 24.04 points, or 0.20%, to finish at 12,203.53.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX dropped 15.23 points, or 0.20%, to 7,752.39.