Commodities were higher almost across-the-board and trading at their dearest in almost a year as the Greenback gave back ground.
Trump defended himself this Sunday from the backlash spraked by his comments about Haiti and African countries, saying "I'm not a racist".
Royal Dutch Shell has given the go-ahead for its first new manned oil and gas rig in the northern North Sea in almost 30 years, as it redevelops the Penguins oil and gas field.
AIM-listed fertiliser producer Harvest Minerals was set to substantially expand operations at its wholly-owned Arapua project in Brazil after sales of KPfértil accelerated in the tail-end of the 2017 calendar year.
The single currency area's foreign trade surplus with the rest of the world rose again in November, led by an improvement in Germany.
The euro rose to a three-year high against the dollar on Friday as investors welcomed a breakthrough in German coalition talks.
Sterling rose to its best level since the Brexit vote on Friday on news that Spain and Holland's finance ministers have reached an agreement that would see the two work together to lock down a Brexit deal that would keep the UK as close to the EU as possible.
The cost of living in the US jumped last month, pushed higher by a surge in the cost of used cars and trucks and medical care commodities.
European-focussed energy investor Prospex Oil and Gas announced on Friday that flow-testing at the Podere Maiar-1 well in Italy had begun, with results from the testing expected to be available before 19 January.
President Donald Trump rejected a bipartisan compromise to extend protections against deportations of young immigrants on Thursday and questioned why would he allow more immigrants coming from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa. On Friday the president denied having said the derogatory comments.
US retail sales grew more strongly than expected last month amid especially strong demand for building materials and for on-line retailers.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week, according to figures from the Labor Department.
Canada has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization against the US, claiming it has broken international trade rules.
The euro has snapped higher after rate-setters in Frankfurt dropped a hint that they might harden their so-called 'guidance' for their policy settings.
Eurozone industrial production jumped more than expected in November and the bloc headed into 2018 on the front foot.
Commodities were little changed on Wednesday despite the generally risk-off tone in other markets on the back of a report that China might be mulling reducing or stopping its purchases of US government debt.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has taken the first steps towards hiking taxes on cobalt exports by more than double, a move that could potentially increase the cost of a key material used in electric car batteries.
Longer-term US Treasury yields jumped to near their 2017-highs following a report that Beijing might be looking to slow or stop its purchases of American government debt.
Oil and gas exploration and production group Soco International, which had been in merger talks with Kuwait Energy for some time, announced on Wednesday that production from its Vietnamese operations remained in line with guidance.
Washington is planning on changing its nuclear weapons policy and developing more "usable" nuclear warheads for US on its Trident missiles.