The major global indices ended the week’s trading sessions down on Friday, mostly due to concerns over the economic recovery. U.S. jobs data was weaker than expected, showing the slowest pace of hiring in nine months. Compounding the concerns were other data points earlier this week that suggested a possible slowdown, such as the U.S. factory activity report for March, which grew at the slowest rate in three months. Now the focus next week will be on the start of earnings season, when some companies begin reporting their first-quarter results. In Asia, the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo closed up 1.6 percent to 12,833.64, while Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong was down 2.7 percent to 21,726.90.
The major European stock market indices lost ground at the close of trading Friday, dented by the downbeat jobs data from the U.S.
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