Asian shares higher, many markets closed for Lunar New Year

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were higher in Asia on Monday, but most markets were closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, with markets in Shanghai shut for the whole week.

Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index added 1.1% to 26,852.85 and the S&P/ASX 200 in Sydney edged 0.1% higher, to 7,456.90. The gains followed a rally Friday for tech stocks that

countered worries about the weakening U.S. economy. In other trading, U.S. benchmark crude oil lost 35 cents to $81.29 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York

Mercantile Exchange. It gained $1.03 to $81.64 per barrel on Friday. Brent crude, the price benchmark for international trading, gave up 40 cents to $87.23 per barrel.

The U.S. dollar slipped to 129.14 Japanese yen from 129.59 yen. The euro rose to $1.0905 from $1.0868. On Friday, the S&P 500 rose 1.9% to 3,972.61. The Dow

Jones Industrial Average gained 1% to 33,375.49. The Nasdaq added 2.7% to close at 11,140.43. Small company stocks also notched solid gains. The Russell 2000 index rose

1.7%, to finish at 1,867.34. Despite the gains, the benchmark index still ended with its first weekly loss in the last three. Technology and communication services

stocks powered much of the gains as investors cheered another big quarterly surge in Netflix’s subscribers. Gains for tech-oriented stocks accounted for a big share of the

S&P 500's rally Friday. Google’s parent company, Alphabet said it was cutting costs by laying off 12,000 workers. Its shares jumped 5.3%. Netflix reported a surge in

its number of subscribers and saw its shares leap 8.5%.