European stocks traded mixed Friday following a strong session for stocks in Asia amid thins volumes owing to U.S. Thanksgiving celebrations.
Britain's FTSE 100 index added 6 points by 10:45 GMT, led by consumer and healthcare stocks. France's CAC-40 gained around 2.5 points while DAX performance index in Germany slipped 11 points.
Italy's bank-heavy FTSE MIB, however, dipped 40 points at the start of trading, dragged lower by a 5.5% decline in Monte dei Paschi (BMDPY) shares after the country's third-biggest lender -and the world's oldest bank - secured the backing of shareholders for its latest bailout late Thursday.
The vote gives the board the authority to push forward with a JPMorgan (JPM) -led rescue plan that will see it raise €5 billion ($5.3 billion) of new equity - nearly 10 times its market capitalization.
Another major mover in Europe were shares of Swiss biotech group Actelion (ALIOF) , which rose sharply in Zurichon a report that it's attracted a bid from Johnson & Johnson JNJ that could be worth $17 billion.
Actelion shares rose 13% to Sfr171.12 by 11:45 CET, valuing the Allschwil, Switzerland-based group at an all-time high of Sfr19.34 billion ($19.1 billion).
Bond markets resumed their upward march in yield as investors sold US government debt in advance of what many assume will be much-faster inflation as a result of the various fiscal stimulus plans of President elect Donald Trump and an accelerated pace of monetary tightening from the Federal Reserve.
Benchmark 2-year U.S Treasury note yields leaped to a six and a half year high 1.17% Friday before easing back to 1.15% while yields on 10-year Treasuries crept 2 basis points higher to trade at around 2.38%.
In Europe, German bund futures opened modestly higher, although volumes were thin, pushing the yield on benchmark 10-year bunds down one basis point to 0.25% while 2-year notes, known as schatz, hit a new record low of -0.75%.
Another interesting aspect to European government bond trading is being played out between debt of the region's two largest economies, with the extra yield, or spread, that investors demand to hold French government bonds instead of bunds rising to 53 basis points, the most in two years.
The U.S. dollar held its ground against a basket of six global currencies overnight in Asia, although volumes were low owing to the Thanksgiving holiday and 'Black Friday' shopping tradition in the United States. The dollar index was little-changed at 101.34 but remains withing touching distance of a 14-year high.
Global oil prices continued to trade largely in-line with the dollar, with January delivery prices for Brent crude falling 1.2% in Asia trading to $49.23 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude futures, traded on Nymex, were 1.2% lower at $47.50. Spot gold, however, was marginally higher at $1,184.80 per ounce.