Canada Shares Finish Higher

European markets close lower; Hong Kong stocks soar

Canada's benchmark S&P/TSX rose 32.61 points, or 0.48%, to 6,772.66.

European markets closed lower Friday. In London, the Financial Times-Stock Exchange 100 index was down 4.60 points, or 0.11%, to 4,004.90. In France, the CAC 40 lost 7.14 points, or 0.22%, to 3,187.88. In Frankfurt, the DAX Index dipped 12.10 points, or 0.39%, to 3,092.94.

In Hong Kong markets Friday, the Hang Seng index gained 218.33 points, or 2.33%, to close at 9,583.85. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 index was closed for the New Year's holiday. The Nikkei, which will resume trading Jan. 6, dropped 135.10 points, or 1.55%, to close at 8,578.95 on Monday, its last trading day of 2002.