Asian stocks settled on a positive note on Friday except the
markets in Japan. China's Shanghai Composite index increased 4.22
points, or 0.20% to settle at 2,160.03. Japanese benchmark index,
Nikkei 225 fell 39.05 points, or 0.26% to close at 14.760.07.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng index increased 82.01 points, or 0.35% to
end at 23,207.04. South Korea's Kospi index increased 4.48 points,
or 0.22% to end at 2,011.80.
Taiwan's Taiex index rose 46 points, or 0.56% to settle at
8,230.68. Singapore's Straits Times indexed increased 15.83 points,
or 0.50% to close at 3,210.14.