London: The pan-European STOXX 600 index edged lower early on Friday following a drop in commodity-related stocks, although the benchmark index remained on track for its best weekly performance since the middle of December.
Britain's commodity-heavy FTSE 100 index fell 0.1 percent after hitting a new record high in the previous day. However, it was on track for its fifth straight week of gains.
The STOXX 600 index was trading 0.2 percent lower by 0830 GMT, further retreating from a one-year high set earlier this week. It has gained nearly 1 percent this week.
Precious metals miner Fresnillo and Randgold Resources fell more than 2 percent after gold slipped from one-month high on a surge in the dollar, and ahead of U.S. jobs data later in the day.
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