SYDNEY, NSW, Australia - Stocks were little moved on Asian markets on Friday, although the tech sector showed some buoyancy.
"The narrative over the last couple of days has been earnings focused and tech stocks have led the charge," Kyle Rodda, a market analyst at IG Australia told Reuters Friday.
"There's momentum there, simple as that."
The Nikkei 225 in Japan edged up 96.27 points or 0.34 percent to 28,804.85.
The Australian All Ordinaries inched down 1.70 points or 0.02 percent to 7,726.80.
The Hang Seng in Hong Kong advanced 109.40 points or 0.42 percent to 26,126.93.
China's Shanghai Composite slipped 12.18 points or 0.34 percent to 3,582.60.
The U.S. dollar was mixed. The euro was steady at 1.1633. The British pound fell on disappointing retail sales data. It last traded at 1.3791. The Japanese yen was a fraction higher at 113.95. The Swiss franc firmed to 1.2348.
The Canadian dollar was unmoved at 1.2348. The Australian dollar was slightly lower at 0.7487. The New Zealand dollar declined to 0.7173.
Overnight on Wall Street, the Nasdaq Composite advanced 94.02 points or 0.62 percent to 15,215.70.
The Dow Jones fell 6.26 points or 0.02 percent to 35,603.08.
The Standard and Poor's 500 nudged up 7.78 points or 0.22 percent to 3,594.78.