World shares mostly lower in quiet pre-Christmas trading

World shares were mostly lower on Monday in quiet trading ahead of Christmas holidays for many markets.

World Shares

  • The S&P 500 rose 0.5% to 3,221.22. It is up 28.5% for the year.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.3%, to 28,455.09.
  • The Nasdaq composite added 0.4%, to 8,924.96, while the Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks picked up 0.3%., to 1,671.90.
  • In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was unchanged at 23,821.11
  • The Hang Seng in Hong Kong also was flat, at 27,906.41.
  • In South Korea, the Kospi was unchanged at 2,203.71.
  • The Shanghai Composite index fell 1.4% to 2,962.75 and Australia’s S&P ASX 200 gave up 0.5% to 6,785.10.
  • India’s Sensex lost 0.3% to 41,574.89.

Currency Markets

  • The dollar was flat at 109.37 Japanese yen on Friday.
  • The euro strengthened to $1.1084 from $1.1073.

Oil Prices

  • Benchmark crude oil fell 31 cents to $60.13 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
  • Brent crude oil, the international standard, slid 29 cents to $64.91 per barrel.

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