Following the strength seen in the previous session, stocks are turning in a lackluster performance in early trading on Friday. The major averages are lingering near the unchanged line after ending Thursday's trading modestly higher.
Wall Street stocks may open Friday's session on a nervous note, as indicated by the trading in the U.S. index futures, which point to a narrowly mixed opening. Asian stocks closed higher earlier in the global trading day, while the European markets are seeing mixed sentiment amid the release of final German GDP data and business confidence reading.
Asian stock markets are mostly higher on Friday, tracking the positive lead overnight from Wall Street. Meanwhile, the Japanese market is edging lower amid cautious trades, ahead of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy decision later in the day.