In US economic data the leading index rose by 0.3 per cent in June, short of the 0.5 per cent forecast gain. The consumer sentiment index eased from 82.5 to 81.3 in July, short of the 83.0 forecast result.
European shares were mixed on Friday with investors focussed on increased tensions between Russia and western nations. The FTSEurofirst 300 index was flat with the German Dax down by 0.4 per cent while the UK FTSE rose by 0.2 per cent. Australia's major miners were mixed in London trade with shares in BHP Billiton up by 0.1 per cent while Rio Tinto lost 0.6 per cent.