Stocks were expected to open higher on Friday, recovering from the previous session's sharp falls. Futures for the Dow Jones industrial average, the S&P 500 <.SPc1> and the Nasdaq Composite were up 0.2-0.4 percent by 0915 GMT (4:15 a.m. EST).
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Japan's Nikkei average <.N225> fell 0.2 percent on Friday, as the announcement of stricter capital rules led Mizuho Financial <8411.T> and other banks to give back some of this week's hefty gains while metal stocks fell as the dollar's strength hit gold prices.
In Europe, the FTSEurofirst 300 <.FTEU3> index was up 0.3 percent, and German business sentiment rose in December, hitting its highest level since July 2008.
U.S. stocks fell on Thursday as the dollar's rebound spurred a safe-haven trade, cutting demand for riskier assets, while a soft profit outlook from economic bellwether FedEx sank transportation shares.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> dropped 132.86 points, or 1.27 percent, to end at 10,308.26. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> fell 13.10 points, or 1.18 percent, to 1,096.08. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> lost 26.86 points, or 1.22 percent, to close at 2,180.05.
(Reporting by Dominic Lau; Editing by Mike Nesbit)