Stocks have moved into the black in another volatile session thus far, albeit less than on Thursday, with traders already looking out to the following week's release of consumer price data for January as a potentially key event.
Stocks finished near their worst levels of the session on Friday as Wall Street got off to a weak start, with the Dow Industrials drawing a wide arc within a 600-point range in just the first 90 minutes of trading.
A team of scientists has been arrested for using the supercomputer at Russia's Research Institute of Experimental Physics in order to mine bitcoin for their own personal gain.
Analysts believe that Facebook, Google and Netflix are no longer interested in bidding for the Premier League’s broadcasting rights but Amazon may still look to tackle current owners Sky and BT in the forthcoming TV auction.
Markets in Asia finished lower on Friday, after another red session on Wall Street overnight saw US stocks extend their massive losses sustained earlier in the week.
US futures pointed to a mostly higher open on Wall Street on Friday following another sharp selloff the day before.
Amazon plans to launch a postal delivery service for businesses in the US, which could spell bad news for the likes of Royal Mail's Parcelforce arm and European rivals DPD and Hermes.
The US Senate approved a two-year budget deal early on Friday, with a bill focusing on boosting military and domestic spending by almost $300bn over the next two years.
Thursday's batch of Federal Reserve speakers was not especially 'hawkish', but the Bank of England's unexpected take on the outlook for interest rates rekindled some of the market's concerns over inflation and where rates may be headed - even in the medium-term.