SYDNEY, Australia - Stocks in Asia drifted on Friday, in a lacklustre close to the week.
The Australian All Ordinaries was the only mover of any substance, and even it only managed a rise of 27.40 points or 0.44% to a 6,280.90 close.
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 climbed 18.42 points or 0.09% to 21,627.34 by the close.
In China, the Shanghai Composite was virtually unchanged, up 2.69 points or 0.09% at 3,104.15.
At the close of trading in Hong Kong, the Hang Seng traded up 41.79 points or 0.14% at 29,113.35.38.
The U.S. dollar was little changed from its New York close. The euro was changing hands at 1.1378 around the close in Sydney on Friday. The British pound slipped slightly to 1.3144.
The Japanese yen was unchanged at 110.78, as was the Swiss franc at 0.9925.
The Canadian dollar dopped a few basis points to 1.3369. The Australian dollar fell slightly to 0.7106, while the New Zealand dollar was litrtle changed at 0.6890.