“The stock market seems to have entered a period of consolidation without any clear direction” with investors waiting for any new driving factors to determine where the markets will go next, be it up or down, said Briefing analyst Patrick O Hare.
The region s markets had bolted higher Thursday with London s FTSE striking a new record peak after the Federal Reserve painted a positive picture of the world s largest economy. Sentiment was buoyed also by the victory of the incumbent party in Dutch elections.
And while the trend appeared to be edging higher, the rally lost momentum, analysts said.
“Equity markets across the globe are positive as improved risk appetite continues into the weekend, although the pace of gains has slowed as drivers — data and corporate — are light on the ground,” said Accendo Markets analyst, Henry Croft.
“Investors are continuing to digest the multiple central bank monetary policy updates this week, including surprising hawkishness from the BoE.”
Earlier, Asian equities had wobbled with investors concerned about a lack of detail on Trump s tax reforms and spending promises in his first budget.
The underwhelming performance came a day after the Fed s rate hike and signal of a slower pace of future rises sparked a surge across equities and sent the dollar tumbling.
The greenback struggled to recover from that sell-off, with the pound and euro holding onto their gains, while a stronger yen further dented Japanese exporters, in turn dragging Tokyo stocks downwards.
This weekend, meanwhile, traders will eye a G20 finance ministers meeting in Germany as worries grow over Trump s isolationist slant, while the US president is due to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel later Friday.