Copper edged up as tightening near-term supply kept the metal underpinned.
Gold rose, regaining some ground after sharp losses the previous day, but was still on course for a weekly loss.
US stock index futures advanced, putting the S&P 500 on track to halt a five-session losing streak.
Rand firms slightly
South Africa's rand was slightly firmer, although still close to multi-year lows, as the market awaits US employment figures later in the sess ...
Bond sales knocks rand to 2009 low
Mminele: SA still a good investment
Rand pulls back from 10.50/dollar
JSE stocks steady, mining shares tumb ...
More South Africa
Greenback edges up in Asia
Dollar steady in Asian trade
Copper edges up
Oil prices mixed in Asian trade
Gold falls as market wakes up to Fed ...
Oil mixed amid concern over crude
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South African stocks edged up and other markets were unshaken by the death of Nelson Mandela.
Hong Kong shares ended slightly up, trimming weekly losses, led by Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings ahead of economic data from the United States and China this weekend.
Financial markets were in a state of suspended animation as tension mounted ahead of jobs data.
European stocks snapped their longest losing streak in six months, boosted by Swiss food firm Nestle.
South Africa's rand was slightly firmer, although still close to multi-year lows, as the market awaits US employment figures later in the session.
The dollar edged up in Asia on Friday ahead of US jobs data that are seen as key to the Federal Reserve's plans for its stimulus programme.
Oil prices were mixed in Asian trade on Friday as dealers took profits from recent gains fuelled by upbeat US economic and stockpiles data.
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