LONDON (The Deal) -- European markets were mixed on Friday as investors await jobs data from the U.S. for further clues about the timing of the next rate rise, and potentially the magnitude of the increases that lie ahead.
In London the FTSE 100 was little changed, up 0.02% at 6,365.91. In Frankfurt the DAX was down 0.23% at 10,862.59 and in Paris the CAC 40 slid 0.76% to 4,941.99.
Analysts are looking for the U.S. economy to have created about 180,000 jobs in October, according to the consensus compiled by Reuters, and for a stable unemployment rate of 5.1%. The report comes after Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen earlier this week told Congress the risks to the U.S. economy from external turmoil had diminished.
In the U.K., September factory production figures easily beat expectations, with growth of 0.8% month on month, double the growth rate of August, though industrial output figures undershot forecasts, declining 0.2% on the month, double the consensus decline predicted.
In London, BHP Billiton (BHP) was down more than 4% after a dam around a 50%-owned Brazilian iron ore project reportedly burst, killing residents. BHP said only that a "serious incident" had occurred at the project and it was seeking more information.
London-listed, France-focused electronics retailer Darty (KESAF) was up close to 11% at 110.25 pence as the company agreed on the key terms of an all-share takeover by France's Groupe Fnac, which is best known as a books and music retailer. Fnac said the offer values Darty's stock at 116 pence, or £615 million ($931 million).
Interdealer broker Tullett Prebon was down just over 1% after first announcing job cuts amid disappointing trading volume and later saying it's in talks about buying Icap's (IAPLY) global broking business. Icap was up more than 7%.
Platinum miner Lonmin (LNMIY) was down another 15%. It has lost more than a third of its market value since last Friday as investors await details of a $400 million share sale which, along with a related debt restructuring, Lonmin said is necessary for its continued survival.
Telecom TalkTalk Telecom (TKTCY) rose more than 3% after the company said a high-profile data breach that came to light two weeks ago had jeopardized the sensitive data of only 4% of its customers.
Luxury goods maker Cie. Financiere Richemont was down more than 8% in Zurich as it warned of a challenging second half after posting disappointing earnings.
Also in Zurich, Syngenta (SYT) was up more than 3% on reports of talks about a merger with the agricultural chemicals unit of DuPont (DD - Get Report) . The Swiss agricultural chemicals and seeds company earlier this year saw off an unwanted $45 billion takeover proposal from Monsanto (MON) . The Wall Street Journal said DuPont is also contemplating an alternative alliance with Dow Chemical (DOW) .
In Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 closed up 0.78% at 19,265.60 and the Topix closed up 0.55% at 1,563.59, as exporters gained firepower from a decline in the yen.
The Hang Seng fell 0.80% in Hong Kong to close at 22,867.33. In China, the Shanghai Composite rose 1.91% to 3,590.03.