The markets today
TOKYO (AP) — Global stock indexes were mostly moderately higher in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Trading was closed in France, Germany and the U.K. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5 per cent to finish at 22,200.56. South Korea’s Kospi inched up 0.1 per cent to 2,216.15.
The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6 per cent to 3,270.80. Some other markets remain closed for the holiday, including in Canada, the U.S., Hong Kong and Australia. Overnight, major U.S. stock indexes capped the holiday shortened week with slight gains, although the marginal upward move was not enough to keep the benchmark S&P 500 index from snapping a string of three straight weekly gains.
The S&P 500 gained 4.58 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,905.03.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 110 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 26,559.54.
The Nasdaq composite inched 1.98 points higher, or less than 0.1 per cent, to 7,998.06. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap dropped 1.85 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 1,565.75.
ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude oil added 7 cents to $64.07 a barrel. It rose 0.4% to settle at $64 per barrel Thursday. Brent crude, the international standard, added 0.5% to $71.97 per barrel. CURRENCIES: The U.S. dollar rose slightly to 111.92 Japanese yen from 111.89 yen late Thursday.
The euro weakened to $1.1247 from $1.1258.