European stock markets were mixed on Friday afternoon, as flaring tensions between the united states and China offset strong financial data throughout the continent.Friday morning watched better-than-expected financial statistics in Germany, France, and Spain, implying eurozone markets were recovering well following COVID-19 lockdowns. Exports jumped in Germany, while industrial production has been better-than-expected in all three countries.“A surge in exports and industrial production confirms the ‘V’-shaped rebound,” Carsten Brzeski, the primary eurozone economist and international leader of macro at Dutch bank ING, composed of Germany in a notice on Friday morning.However, he included: “The shape of the subsequent recovery is much more uncertain.”Sentiment in Europe wasn’t aided by flaring tensions between the united states and China overnight. US president Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring US businesses to quit working with Chinese social networking programs TikTok and WeChat within 45 days.Shortly following the start, the FTSE 100 (^FTSE) was down 0.1%, the CAC 40 (^FCHI) dropped 0.5%, and the DAX (^GDAXI) was level. Spain’s IBEX 35 (^IBEX) fell 0.8%.Asian stock markets dropped overnight and Jim Reid, a senior strategist at Deutsche Bank, directed to Donald Trump’s TikTok ban an integral reason behind its sell-off.“Against this backdrop, risk sentiment has turned negative overnight in Asia,” Reid and his group wrote in a morning note to clients.Japan’s Nikkei (^N225) fell 0.3%, the Hong Kong Hang Seng (^HSI) fell 1.8%, the Shanghai Composite (000001.SS) dropped by 0.9%, and the Shenzen Component (399001.SZ) dropped 1.5%. Australia’s ASX 200 (^AXJO) fell by 0.6%.Wall Street appeared set to get a lesser open later now. S&P 500 stocks (ES=F) and Dow Jones stocks (YM=F) were down 0.3%, while Nasdaq futures (NQ=F) were 0.4% lower.“The president lobbed another tech grenade in his cold war with Beijing, almost guaranteeing some kind of retaliation from the rival superpower,” stated Connor Campbell, a fiscal analyst in SpreadEx.Investor care around the globe will be centered on US jobs numbers later today. Non-farm payrolls, an integral step of new job creation, and the official unemployment rate for July is going to be printed in 1.30pm UK time.Connor Beakey, an economist at Irish bank AIB, composed: “A 1.6 million increase is pencilled in for payrolls but Wednesday’s employment data suggest there are downside risks to this forecast. The re-imposition of Covid restrictions in parts of the US to curtail the virus spread likely weighed on the labour market recovery.”In London, Hikma Pharmaceuticals (HIK.L) jumped 11% after reporting a 25% growth in half-year working profit, increasing full-year predictions, and hiking its dividend. The drug company said it was seeing strong demand for its products throughout the pandemic.