Asian markets are tumbling to begin the final day of trading this week.
Right now, the Japanese Nikkei 225 is down 1.2% and the Korean KOSPI is down 0.7%.
Dollar bloc markets are higher, however — the Australian S&P ASX 200 is up 0.3% and the New Zealand Exchange 50 Gross Index is up 0.5%.
In the U.S., S&P 500 futures are trading little changed from Thursday’s close. The U.S. dollar is flat against the euro and the yen, while gold is down 0.4%, trading around $US1344 an ounce.