Asian Shares Rise

Tokyo Asian shares rose Friday, AP reported.

Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% to finish at 23,850.57. Australia's S and P/ASX 200 rose 0.8% to 6,929.00. South Korea's Kospi gained 0.9% to 2,206.39. Hong Kong's Hang Seng is up 0.2% at 28,607.79, while the Shanghai Composite lost 0.1% to 3,091.48.

The S and P 500 rose 21.65 points, or 0.7%, to 3,274.70 and surpassed its record set last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 211.81 points, or 0.7%, to 28,956.90, and the Nasdaq composite rose 74.18, or 0.8%, to 9,203.43. Both also hit records.

Energy: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 9 cents to $59.47 a barrel. It slipped 5 cents to $59.56 a barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, the international standard, fell 7 cents to $65.30 a barrel.

Currencies: The dollar rose to 109.57 Japanese yen from 109.36 yen on Thursday. The euro fell to $1.1108 from $1.1114 .

Source: Saudi Press Agency