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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Hong Kong stocks fell, with the benchmark index closing at a one-week low, as shippers and airlines declined.
Asian markets were heading into another trying session on Friday as speculation builds about an imminent scaling back in US stimulus.
US stocks fell on Thursday, with the Dow and S&P 500 dropping for a fifth straight session.
Gold fell as the previous day's short-covering rally stalled, with investor sentiment dogged by persistent speculation about the future of US monetary stimulus.
US stock index futures were little changed, ahead of data on the labour market and economic growth.
The rand dropped to the lowest since March 2009, fuelled by the longest South African bond selloff in more than 15 years.
Most emerging-market stocks fell, led by Indonesian lenders, after the nation’s central bank said it will maintain a tight monetary policy and investors weighed the outlook for US stimulus.
Investing in emerging markets like South Africa was still a good investment despite the global financial situation, deputy governor of the SA Reserve Bank, Daniel Mminele, said.
The rand steadied against the dollar and looked likely to trade sideways after failing to break key support the previous session.
Japan’s Topix index fell, capping the biggest two-day drop in almost four months, as the yen rose against the dollar.
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