Updated from 12:40 a.m. EST
Asian stocks ended mixed Friday on light volume with stocks in Japan rising despite a report that showed industrial production declined sharply.
Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average rose 1.6% to 8739.52.
"The Nikkei index rose modestly as investors bought back auto and electronics shares," which plummeted earlier on poor earnings projections amid a global recession, said Kazuki Miyazawa, market strategist at Daiwa Securities SMBC.
"Investors hunted for bargains in those shares to adjust their positions before the year end," Miyazawa said.
Investors shrugged off the bad economic data, which included a rise in joblessness and lower household spending, as the results were within the market's forecast, he said.
Output at Japan's manufacturers in November fell 8.1% from October, the largest fall since the government began measuring such data in 1953.
rose 1.9%, and
shares gained 1.8%.
rose 1.5%, while shares of Japan's top brokerage,
, finished higher by 1.8%.
Markets in Hong Kong and Australia were closed.
The Shanghai composite index in China fell 0.05%, while the Kospi index in South Korea declined 0.9%.
Many European markets, including those in Britain and Germany, also were closed Friday.
Markets in the U.S. resume trading Friday after being closed for the Christmas holiday.
On Wednesday in a holiday-shortened session, stocks on Wall Street closed higher despite the release of higher-than-expected jobless claims.
Dow Jones Industrial Average
ended up 48.99 points, or 0.6%, at 8,468.48, and the
gained 4.99 points, or 0.6%, to 868.15. The
tacked on 3.36 points, or 0.2%, to 1,524.90.
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