Nikkei opens initially lower after second major earthquake hits. Also on the radar: Portugal's $130 billion bailout? Madoff cloud over the Mets.
Japan earthquake drives down major European markets at close. US stocks at midday also down as investors try to evaluate impact of new 7.4 magnitude Japan earthquake.
Oil prices rise above $108 a barrel in Asia. Signs of a strengthening jobs market in the US is behind the boost in oil prices.
The US stock market gained for the week, with the Dow up 3 percent. Investors are regaining confidence in stocks despite developments in Japan, Libya, and Europe.
Oil surges to its highest level since September 2008. Natural gas prices rise, too.
Concerns about rebuilding costs and radiation push Japan's Nikkei down 1.7 percent. But stocks in Europe edge up and US futures point to stronger open.
Japan's stock market index surges 4.4 percent as outlook for Japanese nuclear plant improves. Other stock markets in Asia, Europe little changed
Stock prices are up in Asia and Europe. Futures point to a rise in US stock prices at the open.
Oil prices changed little despite high trading volume on Friday, as oil traders eyed developments in four nations: Libya, Yemen, China, and Japan.
A cricket fan cheers as he waves Zimbabwe's national flag during the rain interruption during the Cricket World Cup match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Pallekele, Sri Lanka.