Asia Closes Mixed to Close Week

Asian shares closed mixed on Friday following the firmer lead on Wall Street in the last session. Japanese and Hong Kong markets ended the session with gains, but were off their session highs.

In Japan, the Nikkei 225 took on 45.68 points, or 0.2%, to close the day and week at 2,396.80, to close at 22,396.80 as broad gains were seen across sectors.

The Hang Seng Index gained 180.28 points, or 0.6%, to 29,199.04

Tech names closed mixed: Sony rose 0.7% and Nintendo ended higher by 0.1% after trading higher by more than 1% earlier.

Toshiba said reports that it was looking to sell its personal computer operations were untrue. The Nikkei had reported earlier that Toshiba intended to sell its personal computer operations to Taiwan's Asustrek Computer. Shares erased early losses to close up 1%

Meanwhile, Toyota announced Friday that it expects to introduce an electric vehicle model in China in 2020. The company also said it intended to sell around 100,000 vehicles that use China-made hybrid units. Shares closed down 0.7%

Automaker Subaru, meanwhile, said it would was likely to sustain around 20 billion yen ($177 million) in costs over an inspection scandal in Japan. Subaru shares were off 0.3% by the end of the session.

Against the yen, the U.S. dollar pared gains made in the last session to trade at 112.49.

Tesla suppliers in Taiwan ended the Friday session with strong gains following the unveiling of the company's electric semi truck earlier in the day. Tesla also revealed a surprise new version of its Roadster model. Auto parts maker Hota Industrial closed up 3.5% and wire harness manufacturer Bizlink rose 5.1% by the end of the session.

In Korea, automakers sold off after the Korean won traded near 13-month highs, but tech names made gains, with SK Hynix rising 0.6%. Samsung Electronics closed higher by 0.1% after the company on Thursday announced an organizational reshuffle.

Australian markets fought higher as the health care sub-index gained 0.7% by the end of the day.

In Australia, regulators approved betting operator Tabcorp Holdings' merger with Tatts Group on the condition that the former sells its Odyssey Gaming business. Tabcorp shares finished the session up 4.8% and Tatts rose 2.3%

In other markets

In Shanghai, the CSI 300 added 15.84 points, or 0.4%, to 4,120.85

In Korea, the Kospi index docked 0.80 points to 2,533.99

In Taiwan, the Taiex Index recouped 76.6 points, or 0.7%, to 10,701.64

In Singapore, the Straits Times Index moved higher 41.08 points, or 1.2%, to 3,382.38

In New Zealand, the NZX 50 strengthened 27.28 points, or 0.3%, to 8,061.98

In Australia, the ASX 200 was positive 13.74 points, or 0.2%, to 5,957.25