After an exceptionally strong 2013 for stock markets, investors and traders seem to be caught in two minds at the start of the new year.
U.S. stock futures were mixed, bouncing around between small gains and losses ahead of the open Friday.
"Market participants booked profits even in the face of decent economic data out of the U.S.," wrote ETX Capital market strategist Ishaq Siddiqi in a note.
There is little in the way of U.S. economic and corporate reports scheduled for release Friday. The nation's automakers will announce their sales for December and all of 2013 throughout the day.
Markets in Shanghai and Tokyo were closed for an extended new year break.