NEW YORK, New York - Stocks in the United States and Europe rose across the board on Friday, in a positive end to a lackluster week where movements were muted and volumes thin.
The main highlight was the attainment of new record closing highs by the Standard and Poor's 500. This key index was at it again on Friday, rising 8.26 points or 0.49 percent to 4,247.44, yet another record close.
The Dow Jones index added 13.36 points or 0.04 percent to 34,479.60.
The Nasdaq Composite climbed 49.09 points or 0.35 percent to 14,069.42.
The U.S. dollar strengthened, rising to 1.2109 versus the euro approaching the New York close Friday.
The Japanese yen slipped to 109.65. The British pound slumped to 1.4117. The Swiss franc eased to 0.8984.
The Canadian dollar fell to 1.2159. The Australian and New Zealand dollars each lost more than half a cent to 0.7707 and 0.7132 respectively,
In London, the FTSE 100 added 0.65 percent. The Paris-based CAC 40 climbed 0.83 percent. The Dax in Germany gained 0.78 percent.
On Asian markets, in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 slipped 9.83 points or 0.03 percent to 28,948.73.
The Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 103.25 points or 0.36 percent to 28,842.13.
China's Shanghai Composite fell 21.11 points or 0.58 percent to 3,589.75.
In Australia, the All Ordinaries climbed 18.46 points or 0.24 percent to 7,577.20.