In Asia, major stock indexes ended mixed. Japan's Nikkei index finished up 61.97 points, or 0.67%, to 9,327.53, led by advances in some high-tech stocks. Volume was light ahead of next week's "Obon" vacation in Japan. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 12.83 points, or 0.13%, to 9,945.22.
Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX soared 71.69 points, or 1%, to 7,251.96.