The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 14 points, a gain of 0.07 percent, the Nasdaq composite rose almost 40 points or 0.64 percent and the S&P 500 gained 3 points or 0.13 percent. -North Korea tensions and the weak data that further reduced expectations of an interest rate hike in December. South Korea's Kospi lost 1.7 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng slid 2 percent.
US stocks closed higher on Friday as Wall Street clawed back from a sharp decline in the previous session but the market still posted a weekly loss on lingering geopolitical uncertainties.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq followed the Dow, falling 1.5 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.
Looking to commodities, oil prices eked out gains in early trade, however sentiment was capped as concerns linger over OPEC's ability to rein in supply.
Top military brass and President Trump are being sued by five USA military members that want to keep Trump's transgender ban from becoming a reality - "in any capacity".
"North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power, US intelligence officials have concluded in a confidential assessment".
Japan said on Tuesday it was possible that North Korea had already developed nuclear warheads and warned of an acute threat posed by its weapons programmes as Pyongyang's continues missile and nuclear tests in defiance of United Nations sanctions. Falls of just 0.3% were recorded by both the Dow Jones industrial average and the more broad-based S&P 500 in early trading.
SIMMERING TENSIONS: North Korea revealed on Thursday a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to U.S. bombers.
Ralph Lauren gained $10.38, or 13.3 percent, to $88.53, while peer-to-peer loan company LendingClub added 99 cents, or 18.1 percent, to $6.45. On the Nasdaq, 1,440 issues fell and 1,386 advanced. Disappointing company earnings also helped pull the market lower, with financial and consumer-focused companies outweighing gains among health care stocks.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was deeply concerned about the tensions on the Korean Peninsula and was "troubled" by the increase in confrontational rhetoric.
At the very least I think the last three days show that the market's character has changed from indifference to something more emotional.
Nvidia's quarterly revenue in its data center and automotive businesses missed estimates, dragging the chipmaker's shares down 5.43 percent.
Perrigo rose $1.58, or 2.1 percent, to $78.43.
The dollar index .DXY fell 0.32 percent, with the euro up 0.42 percent to $1.1819.
In currencies, the yen strengthened 0.64 percent versus the greenback at 109.37 per dollar.
Benchmark U.S. 10-year notes last rose 6/32 in price to yield 2.1905 percent, from 2.211 percent late on Thursday.
Australian shares were down 1.3%, set for a weekly loss of 0.6%. Brent crude, used to price worldwide oils, gained 56 cents to $52.70 in London.