Asian Friday’s stock markets move back

Asian Friday's stock markets move back
Asian Friday's stock markets move back

Marketbenchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and Sydney all declined. MajorAsian markets jumped more than 2% on Thursday.

Hong Kong'sHang Seng index fell 0.6% to 27,320.42 and the Shanghai Composite Index was off0.2% at 2,861.72. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 lost 0.2% to 23,827.98.

The Kospi inSeoul sank 0.7% to 2,211.95 and Sydney's S&P-ASX 200 lost 0.4% to 7,022.60,AP reported.

BenchmarkU.S. crude gained 27 cents to $51.22 per barrel in electronic trading on theNew York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 20 cents on Thursday to closeat $50.95. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 34 cents to$55.27 per barrel in London. It fell 35 cents the previous session to $54.93.

The dollardeclined to 109.95 yen from Thursday's 109.97 yen. The euro rose to $1.0982from $1.0979.

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