Shanghai stocks led the way into the red amid the growing fallout from President Donald Trump's move to block China's Huawei Technologies from buying vital American technology.
US crude was last up 14 cents at $63.01 a barrel, while Brent crude futures rose 12 cents to $72.74.
The pound touched a three-month low of $1.2783 and was down a hefty 1.6 percent for the week so far.
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