Continue reading below. Stock closed mostly higher, helped by positive earnings at several big companies, including Apple and Caterpillar.
The dollar was largely unchanged against the yen in Asian trading Friday, with activity subdued amid a lack of fresh trading cues ahead of the weekend.
General Motors squeezed out a small profit in the first three months of 2014 after setting aside $1.3 billion to cover the cost of recalls that followed a deadly ignition-switch defect linked to 13 deaths, the company reported Thursday.
Nationwide consumer prices in Japan were up 1.6 percent on year in March, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said on Friday - in line with expectations and up from 1.5 percent in February.
The Nokia Oyj Lumia 1520, left, and Nokia Lumia Icon smartphones at the Microsoft Developers Build Conference in San Francisco. Photo: Bloomberg.