As investors weighed a cooling American jobs market and efforts to repair ties between Washington and Beijing, Asian shares were mixed. US equity futures rose and Treasuries held their gains from the previous day.
Hong Kong-listed technology stocks and Japanese blue chips led the way higher on Friday. Mainland Chinese stocks fluctuated, while Australian stocks fell.
The Hang Seng Index's advance in tech stocks was aided by gains for JD.com, which announced that its finance chief would take on the role of CEO. This came after the best session in three months for Chinese stocks listed in the United States on Thursday.
Geopolitics provided a bit of support for sentiment, after US National Security Adviser Sullivan met with China’s top diplomat Wang Yi to ease rising tensions between the nations.