A summary of trading in key commodities markets overseas:
Brent crude oil prices at one point slid to a near three-month low point as traders fretted over weak demand in top consumer the United States.
The price of Brent North Sea crude for December delivery fell to $106.52 a barrel -- touching a level last seen on August 9. It later closed at $106.93, down six US cents from Thursday's close.
New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in December, rose 74 US cents to $97.85 a barrel.
However, WTI has also forged a series of multi-month low points this week as rising US reserves stoked worries over the strength of American demand for energy, hitting price levels.
On Thursday it struck $US95.95 a barrel -- which was last witnessed on June 28.
Gold futures ended higher as weaker US economic data fanned hopes of sustained monetary stimulus measures from the Federal Reserve.
The most actively traded contract, for December delivery, on Friday settled $US2.20, or 0.2 per cent, higher at $US1,352.50 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters consumer-sentiment index fell to 74.8 in October, from 77.5 a month earlier. The drop in confidence came amid a drawn-out US budget debate that included a 16-day partial government shutdown.
Earlier in the day, gold traders also weighed US durable goods orders for September, which rose 3.7 per cent. The increase came as a result of stronger aircraft orders, which masked declines in orders for other expensive factory goods.
Base metals on the London Metal Exchange (LME) mostly closed higher after durable goods orders data in the US overrode ongoing jitters regarding the Chinese interbank market.
At the close of open-outcry trading in the London ring on Friday, LME three-month copper was 0.1 per cent higher on the day at $US7,185 a metric ton.Aluminium rose 1.0 per cent to close at $US1,881 a ton. But nickel closed lower as analysts said inventories of the metal continued to build, weighing upon the metal's fundamental outlook. LME three-month nickel fell 0.5 per cent to close at $US14,575 a ton.