China's HSBC manufacturing purchasing managers index for the month was 51.4, slightly higher than the 51.2 expected and a touch higher than September, when the index measured 51.1.
The U.S. PMI for manufacturing slipped closer to the break even level of 50, Markit Economics said, although a Institute of Supply Management assessment of manufacturing was more optimistic.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped $1.89 to $94.49 per barrel, the first time prices slipped under $95 since July.
Reformulated blendstock gasoline gave up 4.67 cents reach $2.5403 a gallon. Home heating oil lost 7.32 cents to $2.8807 per gallon.
Natural gas lost 7 cents to reach $3.52 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, the national average price of unleaded gasoline dropped to $3.275 per gallon, down from Thursday's $3.279, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said.