London's FTSE falls at open

AFP
The FTSE 100 index added 51.49 points or 0.79 percent on Friday to close at 6,550.27 points
The FTSE 100 index added 51.49 points or 0.79 percent on Friday to close at 6,550.27 points (AFP Photo/Leon Neal)

London (AFP) - London's leading share index fell at the start of trading on Friday following losses in Asia and on Wall Street driven by weak eurozone data, the Argentine debt default and other negative news.

The benchmark FTSE 100 index was down 0.29 percent at 6,710.80 points compared with Thursday's close.

In Japan the Nikkei 225 index fell 97.66 points to finish at 15,523.11 while the Topix index of all first-section issues gave up 0.63 percent, or 8.12 points, to 1,281.30.

US stocks fell sharply on Thursday in a broad sell-off with the Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbling 1.88 percent, erasing all its gains since the end of 2013.

Caution also held buying in check before Friday's release of a key US jobs data.

Elsewhere in Europe Frankfurt's DAX 30 slid 0.29 percent to 9,379.74 points and in Paris the CAC 40 shed 0.23 percent to 4,236.35.