European shares started Friday`s session with a mixed tone ahead of US employment report for January. Japan stocks joined the rally handed over by Wall Street overnight. Global markets are nervously bracing for the monthly jobs report from the world`s largest economy, as traders seek more relief for the hard-hit emerging markets. This is actually the most awaited catalyst, hoping an encouraging number would restore confidence in markets, brighten growth picture, and perhaps, justifying the second unwinding of Federal Reserve`s monetary stimulus in January. - Europe`s Stoxx 600 rose 0.49% to 323.22, boosted the most by basic materials rising 0.69% as of 04:09 a.m. EST today. - Britain`s FTSE 100 fell 0.03% to 6,556.53 - France`s CAC 40 fell 0.17% to 4,181.03 - Germany`s DAX 30 was nearly flat at 9,257.00 The mixed sentiment has caught up the market after the yesterday`s policy decision by the ECB and BoE cam as been widely expected, but the good thing that Draghi`s comments were less downbeat than projected. At the meantime, markets beleives that today`s jobs numbers will strongly inspire the Fed`s tapering plans, with a consensus calling for 185 thousand increase in NFP payrolls in Janaury, compared with a soft increase of 74 thousand a month ago. The mixed sentiment will prbably prevail the global market until the NFP number is out. A positive reading will surely boost the case for a third round of tapering at the Fed`s next policy meetings. But if the number falls short of consensus, emerging markets could get hurt and further losses could be underway.