Stocks in Asia were mixed Friday with stocks in Japan higher even after a government report showed Japan's industrial production falling steeply.
Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average rose 1.1% to 8691.39.
Japan's industrial output fell 8.1% from the previous month, showing a decrease for the second consecutive month. Industrial output fell 16.2% from the previous year, according a report Friday from Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Production is expected to decline a further 8% in December and 2.1% in January, the report said.
The Shanghai composite in China fell 0.2%, while the Kospi index in South Korea declined 0.5%.
Markets were closed in Hong Kong and Australia.
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.